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New Media and Web Design

New media and web design is a 37-credit interdisciplinary major offered through the Department of Communication.

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The Program

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree offered by the Department of Communication must first complete all courses and requirements associated with the pre-communication preparation designation. Once all pre-communication preparation courses and requirements are met, the student completes and submits the transition form, available on the department’s Blackboard site, to the department’s academic advisor. After verification of accuracy, the student is accepted into the professional program and can continue pursuing a degree in the Department of Communication.

Pre-communication Preparation

Students must complete 21 credits of selected courses with a grade of B or above to become new media and web design majors. The courses are COMM 110; COMM 112; COMM 114; COMM 212; COMM 216; ENGL 110 (unless exempt) and ENGL 120; SOC 110 or POLS 110 or PSYC 111 or CJ 201. Pre-communication preparation courses may be retaken one time only.

New Media and Web Design Major

Students may earn a Bachelor of Science degree (includes an approved minor) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (includes proficiency in a modern language) based on completion of all pre-communication preparation courses and major requirements. Students are encouraged to specialize within the major by choosing electives based on development (coding and programming) or design (content, interface and marketing).

Career Opportunities

This major is designed to fill an important need for students educated of new media. This preparation includes not only skills in preparing content, designing and coding websites, but also examination of larger issues as digital media becomes pervasive in all levels of society.

Web Design Minor

Many other majors offered at NDSU can be greatly enhanced by a web design minor. The 21-credit interdisciplinary minor includes a nine-credit core and 12 credits of specialized electives from at least two departments.

Internship Program

The three-credit internship offers practical experience for the new media and web design major or web design minor. Students put to practical use the knowledge gained through their course work by building a working website for a client. After proposing a project to a designated advisor, students work independently, reporting occasionally to their advisor. Students are required to present results of their work to the advisor for grading. Many groups and organizations need website development, and this practical experience often leads to recommendations and jobs.


The Department of Communication awards a number of scholarships to juniors and seniors who excel in academics and who have demonstrated career potential and commitment. Applications are available in March for awards in May. Visit the department website for information.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The University has two honorary societies for top students majoring in a degree program offered by the Department of Communication. Pi Kappa Delta is a national honor fraternity for students involved in human communication activities. Lambda Pi Eta is a national honorary for majors with high grades.

High School Preparation

A well-rounded high school education with some experiences in high school music, forensics, theater, journalism, FFA and scouting often serves as good preparation for students in communication-related fields. Students with interests in science and art, business and service, and publicity and promotion will find this to be a compatible major. While students are not expected to bring computer programming background to the new media and web design major, some programming knowledge is required to complete the degree. Prospective students may find that a basic background in mathematics will enhance their preparation for the major.

The Faculty

Faculty members in the Department of Communication are all committed teachers, researchers, scholars and practitioners. The faculty earned doctorates at the Universities of Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Southern California, Tennessee, Utah, Arizona State University, Michigan State University, North Dakota State University, Pennsylvania State, Southern Illinois University, and University of Cambridge (UK).

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements
    First Year Experience
1     UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3     COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     English Upper Level Writing Course
3   Quantitative Reasoning
    Science & Technology
3      CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computer
6      Science & Technology Electives
6   Humanities & Fine Arts
6   Social & Behavioral Sciences
2   Wellness
    Cultural Diversity
3     COMM 216 - Intercultural Communication
-   Global Perspective
40   Total
Credits   College/Department Requirements
3   Humanities Elective(s)
3   Social Science Elective
3   Fine Arts Elective(s)
9   Total
Credits   Pre-Communication Requirements
3   COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3   COMM 112 - Understanding Media and Social Change
3   COMM 114 - Human Communication
3   COMM 212 - Interpersonal Communication
3   COMM 216 - Intercultural Communication
3   ENGL 120 - College Composition II
3   Pre-Communication Elective
21   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
3   COMM 260 - Introduction to Web Design
3   COMM 261 - Introduction to Web Development
3   COMM 363 - Advanced Web Design
3   COMM 431 - Communication Ethics and Law
3   COMM 496 - Field Experience
4   CSCI 160 - Computer Science I
3   CSCI 371 - Web Scripting Languages
12   Advanced Electives
15   Major Electives
27   Electives
76   Total
122   Total Curriculum

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Minard Hall
Room 338

Minard Hall is located on the south end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Communication
North Dakota State University
Minard Hall 338
Dept #2310, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7705 / Fax: (701) 231-7784

Office of Admission
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Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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