The Web Communications Minor requires 30 semester hours within Art and Art History, Information Systems, Technical Writing, and Marketing.

The Web Communications Minor offers an interdisciplinary plan of study in web development with an emphasis on web design, user experience/UX, and web management. This program combines courses in graphic design (ARS), programming (CS), information systems (IS), marketing (MKT), and technical writing (EH) to prepare students for work in the growing field of web-based communication. When combined with an appropriate major, the program prepares students for work in a number of increasingly web-reliant fields, including marketing, public relations, journalism, graphic design, user experience/UX, technical communication, corporate communication, and publishing.

The number of courses required for the minor is moderate at 30 semester hours; however, students may complete minor courses as part of their major. Students majoring in art studio, information systems, communication arts, and marketing are particularly well positioned to complete minor courses in their major degree programs with fewer semester hours of minor courses outside of the major. Students with other majors should contact the Program Director to determine the number of semester hours they can complete outside the minor. A certificate in Web Communications will be awarded to students who complete their coursework and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the minor.

Students lacking computer skills in Windows© and Macintosh© operating systems, word processing, and database applications are encouraged to take IS 146 prior to taking any of the technical courses in the minor. Familiarity with the Macintosh© operating system (OS) is useful for students entering ARS 230 and upper-level ARS courses in the minor. The Director of the Web Communications minor (256.824.6114) can advise students on the level of skill required for various courses.

Courses in Graphic Design
ARS 230GRAPHIC DESIGN: INTRODUCTION3
ARS 332GRAPHIC DESIGN: WEB DESIGN3
ARS 334GRAPH DES: WEB USER EXPER I3
ARS 432GRAPH DES: SENIOR PROJ MGMT3
Interdisciplinary Experience
CS 103INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA3
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING3
MKT 301PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
Elective Courses
Pick three from any group or pick three in an area of focus from the courses listed below:9
Group A. User Experience (UX)
GRAPH DES: WEB USER EXPER II
SOCIAL MEDIA
USABILITY STUDIES
Group B. Web Writing and Social Media
WRITING FOR VISUAL MEDIA
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL COMM
SOCIAL MEDIA
ADVERTISING
Group C. Web and Marketing
SALES MGT/PROF SELLING
BUYER BEHAVIOR
MARKET RESEARCH DESIGN
Group D. Information Systems
INTRO COMP PROG IN BUS
ADV COMP PROGRAMMING IN BUS
DATA BASES FOR MANAGEMENT
Group E. Internship
ART INTERNSHIP
Total Semester Hours30