Communication Policy and Law

Information and communication practices and technologies have an increasingly powerful impact on nearly every aspect of our lives.  From the level of privacy in our personal lives to the way we govern our communities or manage our businesses, the legal and policy issues in the communication field are ever-changing and increasingly complex. To prepare students to navigate this dynamic and complicated world, the minor in communication policy and law combines courses in communication, law, ethics, and the business of communication taught at both the School of Communication and the School of Journalism at USC Annenberg.  Students can choose to focus on policy or legal issues that affect communication technologies, strategies, and uses. This minor will not only enable students to understand the revolution in media and telecommunications technology and practice, it will ground them in the fundamentals of free speech, intellectual property and the local, state and federal role in the regulation of communication platforms ranging from emerging social media to the legacy media of broadcasting and newspapers.
(This minor was formerly known as Communication Law and Media Policy)

Required Core Courses:
ASCJ 210        Contours of Change in Media and Communication
COMM 322    Argumentation and Advocacy

Electives (choose a total of 12 units from the following):
COMM 345
    Social and Economic Implications of Communication Technologies
COMM 371    Censorship and the Law: From the Press to Cyberspace
COMM 402    Public Communication Campaigns
COMM 412    Communication and Social Movements
COMM 421    Legal Communication (prerequisite COMM 322)
COMM 422    Legal Issues and New Media
COMM 427    Topics in Media Economics, Law and Policy
COMM 489    Campaign Communication
JOUR 462       Law of Mass Communication