Communication Co-Op Program

The Communication Co-op Program is an optional track available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (College of Arts and Sciences). Students accepted to the program will participate in professional development coursework and complete three semesters of full-time, paid cooperative education work in the communication field by graduation. The Communication Co-op Program option is offered in partnership through the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL) and the College of Arts and Sciences. Sophomores accepted into the track can complete 120 credit hours of coursework and all three co-op rotations within four years.

About the Co-op program

Students interested in the Communication Co-op Track must complete these 4 steps in the proper order:
  1. Register for PD 2070: Professionalism & Purpose (sections taught by Annie Straka or Erin Alanson) during your sophomore year.
    • PD 2070 serves as the prerequisite for our Communication Co-op Track and Internship class (COMM 3091). Topics include career planning, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and additional professional development coursework.
  2. Consult with your PD 2070 instructor to determine which experiential learning pathway (co-op, internships, both, neither) best matches your individual goals.
  3.  Once you receive permission from your PD 2070 instructor, declare the Communication Co-op Track
  4. Register for COOP 2051 during the first semester you plan to co-op and search for jobs on Handshake.

Co-op students will start their job search the semester following PD 2070 and begin working the semester after that. Students then rotate between taking classes and working until they complete three semesters of co-op and fulfill the mandatory university and departmental graduation requirements.

The following elective classes are recommended to develop the skills necessary to excel in professional workplaces:

  • COMM 1071 - Intro to Effective Speaking
  • COMM 1076 - Intro to Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 2042 - Intro to Public Relations
  • COMM 2043 - Public Relations Writing 
  • COMM 2048 - Event Planning & Fundraising Management
  • COMM 2081 - Business Communication
  • DAAP 2013 - Guide to Graphic Design
  • EMED 1015 - Integrated Media Production I for Non-Majors
  • ENGL 3071 - Technical Writing
  • IS 2080C - Digital Technologies for Business
  • IT 1040C - Website Creation & Management
  • MKTG 3000 - Professional Selling

The following schedules outline the two most common co-op pathways to graduation:

Possible Pathway to Graduation
  Fall Spring Summer
Freshman: Classes (15 credit hours) Classes (15) Classes (15)
Sophomore:  PD 2070 (3) | Classes (12)  Classes (15) | JOB SEARCH COOP 2051 (Job 1)
Junior:       Classes (15)  COOP 3051 (Job 2)   Classes (15)
Senior:  COOP 4051 (Job 3)  Classes (15) | GRADUATE  
Alternate Possible Pathway to Graduation
  Fall Spring Summer
Freshman: Classes (15 credit hours)  Classes (15) Classes (15)
Sophomore:  Classes (15) PD 2070 (3) | Classes (12) Classes (15) | JOB SEARCH
Junior: COOP 2051 (Job 1) Classes (15)  COOP 3051 (Job 2)
Senior:  Classes (15)  COOP 4051 (Job 3) | GRADUATE  

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Director: Steve Fuller | 513.556.2676