Marketing Communications (Major)

Business and Economics Department and Communication Arts Department

Pamela O'Brien, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Business

Heather L. Carpenter, Ph.D., Coordinator

Pamela O'Brien, Ph.D.

Degrees offered



Main Campus

The Marketing Communications Major is an interdisciplinary Program of Study for students in the Women's College who are interested in pursuing careers in a dynamic and rapidly expanding field. Integrated Marketing Communications involves the coordination of a company's marketing and communication efforts towards the creation of messages that maximize consumer satisfaction at minimal cost. The Marketing Communications Major provides students with a comprehensive mix of real-world business skills and cutting-edge communication tools needed to succeed, whether employed in a start-up company or a global corporation.


Women's College

Underpinning the Marketing Communications Major is a liberal arts approach that allows students to draw the best from diverse disciplines. From Communication Arts, students receive a broad foundation in writing and speaking skills, as well as specific career training in a range of creative fields, such as advertising, public relations, event planning, and digital design. From Business, students acquire a broad knowledge base in key areas such as finance, research, teamwork, and negotiation, along with a thorough mastery of the full spectrum of marketing strategies and promotional tactics. The variety of courses available in the Program allows students to develop a thorough knowledge of communication theories, processes and technologies while cultivating the necessary business experience and flexibility to adapt to current and future marketplace trends.

Through learning the language of marketing and the nature of markets, students will understand how building an organization's image and brands with an effective integrated marketing communications strategy is critical to its success. Students will complete promotions opportunity and communications market analyses, and study consumer and organizational consumer behavior. They will also assess the effectiveness of both traditional and non-traditional forms of communication, and create marketing communications plans as part of a systematic approach to defining uncontested market space. The development of teamwork, bargaining, and negotiation skills will be emphasized, along with knowledge of the basic accounting principles and financial statements needed for budgets and decision-making.

The Program culminates in a professional practicum through which students gain work experience analyzing, designing, implementing and reviewing integrated marketing communication plans for local businesses. Graduates from Notre Dame's Program learn to 1) effectively use data in the analysis of marketing problems and in the development of the subsequent marketing communications strategy, 2) evaluate and design effective communication plans for internal and external audiences either working individually or as a member of a team, and 3) create effective marketing messages that are ethical, socially responsible and well-reasoned using diverse media.

The Marketing Communications curriculum prepares students to work as corporate marketing communications professionals, account managers in advertising or direct marketing firms, event planners, public relations professionals, marketing representatives, trade show coordinators, publication managers, product managers, media buyers, sales promotion directors or internet marketing managers.

Program of Study

Required Courses for a Major in Marketing Communications (Credits)

       BUS-203 Principles of Marketing (3)
       BUS-334 Teamwork and Negotiation (3)
       BUS-360 Business Research (3)
       BUS-416 Managing Financial Resources (3)
       BUS-482 Consumer Behavior (3)
       BUS-483 Integrated Marketing Communications (capstone) (3)
       COM-101 Introduction to Media Writing (3)
       COM-210 Social Media 
       COM-319 Advertising and Analytics (3)
       COM-331 Public Relations (3)
       COM-375 Event Planning (3)
       COM-401 Writing for the Web or CST-261 Web Page Design (3)
       COM-461 Communication Arts Practicum or BUS-461 Business Practicum (4)
       DMA-101 Graphic Design I (3)

Computer competency is required. A student may demonstrate this competency by one of two methods:

  1. complete CST-130 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications (or a comparable course) with a grade of "C" or better, or, 
  2. earn a passing score of 70 percent on the CST-130 Challenge Exam.

Marketing Communication Majors must fulfill the General Education Math Requirement with BUS-225.

Students are encouraged but not required to take BUS105 Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship.

Four-Year Plan

Below is a sample Program of Study for the Marketing Communications Major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring 
First year      
COM-101 Introduction to Media Writing 3 BUS-334 Teamwork and Negotiation 3
BUS-105 Introduction Business and Entrepreneurship (recommended) 3 CST-130 Intro to Computer Applications 3
NDMU-100 First Year Experience 3 General Education Requirements 6
General Education Requirements 6 COM-210 Social Media 3
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
Second year      
BUS-303 Principles of Marketing  3 COM-319 Advertising or 
COM-331 Public Relations
COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 BUS 225 Data Analysis for Business Decisions I 3
General Education/Electives 6 General Education/Electives 9
DMA-101 Graphic Design 3
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
Third year      
COM-375 Event Planning 3 COM-319 Advertising & Analytics or
COM-331 Public Relations
CST-261  Web Page Design 3

BUS-482 Consumer Behavior or
BUS 483 Integrated Marketing Communication

General Education/Electives 9 General Education/Electives 6
[15 credits] BUS 416 Managing Financial Resources 3
  [15 credits]  
Fourth year      
BUS-360 Business Research 3 BUS-461 Business Practicum or 4
IDS-361 Internship (recommended) 3 COM-461 Communication Arts Practicum 3

COM-401 Writing for the Web


BUS-482 Consumer Behavior or
BUS-483 Integrated Marketing Communication

General Education/Electives   General Education/Electives 6
[15 credits]   [16 credits]  

Note: Descriptions for the courses required as part of the Marketing Communications Major may be found in the Business, Communication Arts, Art, and Computer Studies sections of the Catalog.


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