Franklin University Switzerland

Global BA in International and Political Communication

Curriculum 

Students will spend their first two years at Franklin, a summer interim session at Kasteel Well, the Netherlands, or in Sydney, Australia, and their second two years at Emerson. Upon completion of the program, students will have earned two degrees: an associate's degree from Franklin and a BA from Emerson.

Year One: Franklin

Courses for the Fall and Spring semesters at Franklin for Year One*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
FYS (First Year Seminar in Politics or FYS of choice) POL 101T (Introduction to International Relations with Travel Component)
Academic Travel Course WTG 100 (Academic Writing) or appropriate W course
POL 100 (Intro to Political Science) 200-level POL or COM elective
COM 105 (Intro to Comm and Media Studies) or LC 110 (Reading Cultures) or LC 100 (Reading Literatures) COM 105 (Intro to Comm and Media Studies) if not taken in fall, or LC 110 (Reading Cultures) or LC 100 (Reading Literatures)
LANGUAGE (Italian, French, or German) or EAP (English for Academic Purposes) LANGUAGE (Italian, French, or German) or WTG 120, 125, 130

Optional Summer Interim

Courses for the Summer Interim at Kasteel Well, the Netherlands, or Sydney, Australia (Emerson programs—electives)

Kasteel Well Sydney
CC 472: Intercultural Negotiation Winter: CC 372 Topics in Communication Studies; Global Perspectives on Public Relations
CC 357: Leadership Summer: CC 337 Topics in Sports Communication

*Suggested schedules. Specific course choice may vary with advisor and department chair approval.

Year Two: Franklin

Courses for the Fall and Spring semesters at Franklin for Year Two*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
COM 204 (Media Ecology) or COM 201 (Fund. of Media Studies) COM 203 (Research Methods) or COM elective
HIS 100 (Western Civilization, Part I) or Math elective ECN or PSY or SJS or MAT
POL 201 (Government and Politics of the U.S.) or 200-level POL elective 200- or 300-level POL elective
Academic Travel course Academic Travel course
LANGUAGE (Italian, French, or German) or COM elective LANGUAGE (Italian, French, or German) or COM elective 

Upon completion of the above courses, Franklin awards an associate's degree (a total of 60 credits).

*Suggested schedules. Specific course choice may vary with advisor and department chair approval.

Year Three: Emerson

Courses for the Fall and Spring semesters at Emerson for Year Three*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
CC 100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication CC 304 Strategic Digital Communication or CC 308 Digital Communication
CC 303 Public Opinion Research CC 345 Public Affairs
CC 356 Crisis Communication  CC 361 Strategic Diplomacy and Grassroots Activism
CC 301 Campaign Management CC Elective 2

*Suggested schedules. Specific course choice may vary with advisor and department chair approval.

Year Four: Emerson

Courses for the Fall and Spring semesters at Emerson for Year Four*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
CC 357 Leadership CC 498 Internship (4-8 credits)
CC 360 Social Media and Politics CC 360 Social Media and Politics
CC 262 Professional Communication CC Elective 4 (and 5 if a 4-credit internship)
CC Elective 3 Academic Travel course

Upon completion of the above courses, Emerson accepts associate's degree and awards a BA (a total of 128 degree credits). 

*Suggested schedules. Specific course choice may vary with advisor and department chair approval.

Recommended Emerson Electives by Tracks

Issue Advocacy

  • CC 250: Introduction to Public Relations
  • CC 371: Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy
  • CC 471: Advanced Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy
  • CC 318: International PR and Global Communication Management
  • CC 214: Mental Health, Media, and Public Policy

Electoral Politics

  • CC 371: Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy
  • CC 471: Advanced Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy
  • CC 330: Management and Communication
  • CC 263: Argumentation and Advocacy
  • CC 220: Public Discourse in the US
  • CC 250: Introduction to PR

Politics and Diplomacy

  • CC 361: Public Diplomacy and Grassroots Leadership
  • CC 371: Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy
  • CC 471: Advanced Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy
  • CC 221: Global Political Communication
  • CC 335: Sports as Soft Power

Politics and Non-Profit

  • CC 250: Introduction to PR
  • CC 330: Management and Communication
  • CC 315: Introduction to Nonprofit Communication Management
  • CC 316: Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns
  • CC XXX: Topics in Nonprofit Communication Management

Politics and Law

  • CC 372: Topics in Communications Studies: Intro to Law
  • CC 262: Conflict and Negotiation
  • CC 415: Mediation, Facilitation, and Dialogue