Accelerated B.A. Communication, Social Media & Digital Communication Emphasis

Accelerated BA to MA Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

Communication, Social Media & Digital Communication Track Accelerated Criteria 

This accelerated program gives outstanding bachelor's degree students in Communication, Corporate Communication Emphasis, Advertising Track a "fast-track" option to pursue graduate-level coursework towards the Master in Arts degree during the last two semesters of undergraduate coursework and count up to 9 credits of that coursework towards completion of the bachelor's degree.  For details on application and admission into the Accelerated program, please see (Communication).

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3- MATH 1123 Recommended 13
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Major Requirements

Social Media & Digital Communication Core
CMP 1110Media Writing3
CMP 2202Photo, Graphic, and Video Editing3
CMP 2209Persuasion3
CMP 3307Introduction to Social Media3
CMP 3309/5509Communication Inquiry3
CMP 3310Multiplatform Storytelling3
CMP 3367Media Analytics3
CMP 4403/5503Mass Communication and Society3
CMP 4467Social Media Campaigns3
Core Elective:3
Choose one of the following:
Visual Rhetoric
Rhetoric of Popular Culture
Choose five emphasis electives:15
(at least 2 from the 3000-level or above)
Media Literacy (Fulfills Objective 8)
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Public Relations
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Advertising
Television and Video Production
Visual Rhetoric (if not taken above)
Image Management
Foundations of Leadership
Studio I: Typography and Digital Media
Web Design
Public Relations Writing
Photo Communication
Advertising Strategy and Copywriting
Narrative Video Production
Activism and Social Change
Illustration and Brand Identity
Sport Public Relations
Public Relations Campaigns
National Student Advertising Competition (can only apply 3 credits to major)
Advertising Campaigns
Rhetoric of Popular Culture
Students in the accelerated BA to MA program can use a total of nine credits of 5000/6000-level graduate coursework from the Communication, Media, & Persuasion Department in any of these three areas:
Upper division Core Courses
Upper division Emphasis Electives
Upper division Required Track Courses
Total Credits45

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements45
Upper Division Free Electives18
Free Electives20
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP) 

Master of Arts in Communication