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Here is a general outline of what types of courses you will be taking your first year in CMCI. You will take four to five courses per semester, and the total credit hours will range from 12 (minimum for full-time status) to 16.

  • CMCI 1010 (Concepts and Creativity 1) in the fall and CMCI 1020 (Concepts and Creativity 2) in the spring
  • Your major course(s)
  • Core/MAPS
  • Elective/Core

The samples below are only a few of the variety of different ways you can create your schedule! With the exception of CMCI 1010/1020 and your major coursework, the rest of your schedule can be whatever courses you choose. We do, however, recommend taking your lower-division Writing core requirement sometime during your first year at CU. Writing is also an area where we see students bring in credit from AP or high school concurrent coursework. If you think you might have credit for that requirement, please talk to your advisor.

Click here for a list of course suggestions by core area and have fun exploring your different options.

First Semester:

  • CMCI 1010 (Concepts and Creativity 1)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • COMM 1210 (Perspectives on Human Communication)—3 credits, required for the COMN major, meets People and Society in Core
  • ARTH 1300 (History of World Art 1)—3 credits, meets Humanities and the Arts in Core
  • Lower-Division Writing in Core—3 credits, choose from WRTG 1100, 1150 or 1250

13 credit hours total

Second Semester:

  • CMCI 1020 (Concepts and Creativity 2)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • COMM 1300 (Public Speaking)—3 credits, required for the COMN major
  • COMM 1600 (Group Interaction)—3 credits, required for the COMN major, meets People and Society in Core
  • Quantitative Thinking in Core—3 credits, options include MATH 1011, 1012, 2510 or INFO 1301
  • MDST 2002 (Media and Communication History)—3 credits, meets Historical Views in Core

16 credit hours total

First Semester:

  • CMCI 1010 (Concepts and Creativity 1)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • INFO 1111 (Representations Studio)—4 credits, required for the INFO major
  • INFO 1201 (Computational Reasoning 1: Expression and Media Transformation)—3 credits, required for the INFO major, meets Computing requirement in Core
  • Lower-Division Writing in Core—3 credits, choose from WRTG 1100, 1150 or 1250

14 credit hours total

Second Semester:

  • CMCI 1020 (Concepts and Creativity 2)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • INFO 1121 (Interactions Studio)—3 credits, required for the INFO major
  • INFO 1301 (Quantitative Reasoning 1: Intuitions and Evidence)—3 credits, required for the INFO major, meets Quantitative Thinking requirement in Core
  • LING 2000 (Introduction to Linguistics)—3 credits, meets People and Society in Core
  • ASTR 2000 (Ancient Astronomies of the World)—3 credits, meets The Natural World AND Diversity and Global Views in Core

     16 credit hours total

First Semester:

  • CMCI 1010 (Concepts and Creativity 1)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • JRNL 1000 (Principles of Journalism and Networked Communication)—3 credits, required for the JRNL major, meets People and Society in Core
  • Quantitative Thinking in Core—3 credits, options include MATH 1011, 1012, 2510 or INFO 1301
  • PHIL 1200 (Philosophy and Society)—3 credits, meets Humanities and the Arts in core

13 credit hours total

Second Semester:

  • CMCI 1020 (Concepts and Creativity 2)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • JRNL 2001 (Fundamental of Reporting)—3 credits, required for the JRNL major
  • INFO 1201 (Computational Reasoning 1: Expression and Media Transformation)—3 credits, meets Computing requirement in Core
  • Lower-Division Writing in Core—3 credits, choose from WRTG 1100, 1150 or 1250
  • SOCY 1016 (Sex, Gender and Society 1)—3 credits, meets People and Society AND Diversity and Global Views in Core

     16 credit hours total

First Semester:

  • CMCI 1010 (Concepts and Creativity 1)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • CMDP 1400 (Introduction to Contemporary Media Cultures)—4 credits, required for the MDPD major
  • FILM 1502 (Introduction to Film Studies)—3 credits, meets Humanities and the Arts in Core
  • ANTH 2010 (Introduction to Physical Anthropology 1)—3 credits, meets The Natural World in Core
  • ANTH 2030 (Laboratory in Physical Anthropology 1)—1 credit, meets the lab requirement in The Natural World in Core

15 credit hours total

Second Semester:

  • CMCI 1020 (Concepts and Creativity 2)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • CMDP 2100 (Approaches to Historical Media Practices)—3 credits, required for the MDPD major and meets Historical Views in Core
  • CMDP 2400 (Media Aesthetics)—3 credits, required for the MDPD major, meets Humanities and the Arts in Core
  • Quantitative Thinking in Core—3 credits, options include MATH 1011, 1012, 2510 or INFO 1301
  • Lower-Division Writing in Core—3 credits, choose from WRTG 1100, 1150 or 1250

    16 credit hours total

First Semester:

  • CMCI 1010 (Concepts and Creativity 1)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • MDST 2001 (Global Media Literacy)—3 credits, required for the MDST major
  • Lower-Division Writing in Core—3 credits, choose from WRTG 1100, 1150 or 1250
  • INFO 1201 (Computational Reasoning 1: Expression and Media Transformation)—3 credits, meets Computing requirement in Core

13 credit hours total

Second Semester:

  • CMCI 1020 (Concepts and Creativity 2)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • MDST 2002 (Media and Communication History)—3 credits, required for the MDST major, meets Humanities and the Arts AND Historical Views in Core
  • IPHY 2420 (Nutrition for Health and Performance)—3 credits, meets The Natural World in Core
  • PSCI 2223 (Introduction to International Relations)—3 credits, meets People and Society in Core
  • ANTH 1170 (Exploring Culture and Gender through Film)—3 credits, meets Diversity and Global Views in Core

     16 credit hours total

First Semester:

  • CMCI 1010 (Concepts and Creativity 1)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • APRD 1000 (Idea Industries)—3 credits, required for the STCM major
  • COMM 1210 (Perspectives on Human Communication)—3 credits, meets People and Society in Core
  • Lower-Division Writing in Core—3 credits, choose from WRTG 1100, 1150 or 1250

13 credit hours total

Second Semester:

  • CMCI 1020 (Concepts and Creativity 2)—4 credits, meets Common Experience requirement in core
  • APRD 1001 (Creative Concepts)—3 credits, required for the STCM major
  • APRD 1002 (Introduction to Branding)—3 credits, required for the STCM major
  • COMM 1300 (Public Speaking)—3 credits, elective
  • Quantitative Thinking in Core—3 credits, options include MATH 1011, 1012, 2510 or INFO 1301

16 credit hours total