The following are the required courses for this major. Students who attend Orientation and meet with the Education Department can obtain personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.


Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Social Media from FIDM, or an Associates degree in a related field from another accredited college or university. Additional requirements may apply.

One-on-one advisement is available to students from other FIDM Majors to consider eligibility for special admissions to this program. Contact the appropriate department chairperson.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A)

BUMT 3600
Management Theory & Principles
This course presents an introduction to management concepts and strategies used by modern businesses, and is designed to familiarize students with the accepted standards, procedures, and techniques employed by senior, middle, and operational managers. It provides students with an understanding of the financial impact of management and how to plan to optimize performance and achieve organizational goals. BUMT 3650
BUMT 3820
Business Law
Students develop an understanding of corporate formation and procedures, limited liability companies and special business forms. This course examines social, ethical, and political implications of law and its application to business transactions as well as intellectual property law.
BUMT 4600
Marketing Management
This course focuses on the management of the marketing function to achieve a competitive advantage and establish brand equity. Students explore creative strategies for entrepreneurs to develop consumer awareness.
BUMT 4840
Studies in Leadership
Students explore leadership theories, the characteristics that define effective leaders, and develop the ability to navigate corporate culture as a follower and as a leader. They explore the processes whereby an individual empowers or influences a group of people for the purpose of achieving a (common) goal. They analyze the characteristics of leadership vs. management, and develop an awareness of how diversity impacts leadership.
GNST 2370
Applied Statistics
This course emphasizes the understanding and application of statistical methodology. Major topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, inferences of sampling, means and proportions,measures of central tendency, correlation, regression,hypothesis testing, and methods for displaying,describing, and producing data. Technology applications facilitate in-class activities.
GNST 2570
Through the study of classical economic principles, students develop a framework for analyzing economic variables and their effects on individuals, business organizations, and economics. Using graphs and models, students also explore and apply fundamental economic concepts such as supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and profit maximization.
GNST 2870
Students study the global economy and the ways in which changing economic conditions shape local, national, and international policy decisions. They apply classical and contemporary economic theory to achieve an understanding of past and current world events in light of the many economic variables that exist.
GNST 3000
World Political History
This global survey traces the quest for independence and prosperity on the part of emerging economies around the world after WWII. The course examines the varying fortunes of countries as they encountered the crucial questions of political organization, state control, and personal freedom from 1945 to the present. It also examines the issue of environmental sustainability in the face of pressures posed by population, industrialization, and consumerism.
GNST 3050
Writing for Business Professionals
This course explores the principles and strategies of effective written professional communication in the context of the global workplace, current and emerging technologies, and contemporary issues. Students apply sound communication, analysis, and research techniques to the composition of a professional bio, memos, formal reports, and other forms of business communication. The connection between skillful communication, critical thinking, and decision-making is also stressed.
GNST 3200
Consumer Social Behavior
Students examine the process of creating consumer demand through case studies and focus groups.
GNST 3450
Applied Mathematics
Students gather, interpret, and evaluate data that has been used as the basis of factual claims supporting legislation, business, and policy decisions in healthcare reform, environmental regulation, the criminal justice system, and other critical issues in society. Research centers upon quantitative analysis employing mathematical and statistical methodology.
GNST 3500
Professional Presentation
A course in effective organizational communication, with emphasis on advanced oral communication skills, including interviewing. Students examine the dynamics of individual and group communication as preparation for full-scaled, business-specific informative and persuasive speeches, in which they use computer technology, visual aids, and statistical data to enhance the impact and clarity of their presentations.
GNST 3600
Future Trends in Society
Students explore the demographic trends, shifts in technology, and varied communication avenues of the current socioeconomic landscape as a means of anticipating the cultural expectations, values, and practices that will give rise to new products, methods of marketing/communication, and business trends. Prerequisite: GNST 3400
GNST 3900
Issues in Contemporary Society
A General Studies capstone course addressing current issues in social diversity, globalization, business ethics, and civic responsibility. Students combine critical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological skill to research and prepare a clear written and oral presentation on a challenging, advanced question of their own choosing.
GRPH 4150
Activated Marketing
In this course, students develop or adapt advertising materials for nontraditional media formats, including guerilla marketing, social media content, and online viral advertising. Emphasis is on consistency of concept and design throughout the advertising campaign.
SMED 3100
Mobile Application Marketing
In this course students explore the global trend of mobile marketing and applications. Students research current mobile programs using case studies and trend analysis to understand how to create and implement a successful mobile marketing application that will create customer engagement and revenue.
SMED 3300
Search Engine Optimization and Analysis
Students learn the importance of using search engine optimization and ROI to build a successful online business. Through lecture and case studies students learn optimization techniques and how to convert clicks into monetary sales.
SMED 3400
New Media Narrative Writing
Students learn narrative storytelling techniques to create a successful online marketing campaign that will impact brand and business value. Through class lectures and case studies students understand the importance of engaging a customer through persuasive and relative marketing content.
SMED 3700
International Strategies for New Media
This course will focus on global communication platforms as tactical communication tools. Students will understand the development and use of new media, learn how to utilize content specifically for these new technological applications, and translate new media into international communication strategies. As technology enables the global community, it is increasingly important to understand the people using the technology.
SMED 3750
PR Writing for Social Media
Students use practical and hands on experience to develop an understanding of the role new media plays in current public relations. Students gain practical knowledge of these techniques by developing and presenting individual online campaigns in class. Prerequisite: SMED 3400
SMED 3950
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 3300B
SMED 4100
Video Online Marketing
Students learn how video marketing can impact the overall online business of a brand. Through research and analytics students compare and contrast the effectiveness of video marketing and use these findings to create a successful video marketing campaign to be presented in class. Prerequisite: SMED 3300B
SMED 4100L
Video Online Marketing Lab
This advanced exploration of video marketing online is a one-unit course that helps students hone their video production skills. Students will develop their video shooting and editing skills to produce high-quality marketing content of varying lengths.
SMED 4200
Startups & Entrepreneurship
This course examines the fundamental tools and vocabulary of new ventures, as well as what it takes to start, fund, and manage a new business venture. Students learn through in-class discussions, investor pitches, case studies, and visits from entrepreneurs on challenges faced by CEOs and CMOs.
SMED 4300
Ethics in Social Media & Advertising
Students learn the importance of legal, moral and ethical issues in communication, new media, and technology. Students evaluate legal and ethical issues presented by media and technology, and how moral action is influenced by cognitive, emotional, and ethical belief systems. Emerging issues surrounding social media advertising, manipulation, and transparency are explored.
SMED 4400
Social Media Sales & Consulting
This course examines what students need to sell or consult on their own in the growing business of new media. Students use management techniques specifically designed to build a successful consulting business. Prerequisite: BUMT 3680
SMED 4600
New Media Community Management
In this course students learn how to address social media management issues including working with limited resources, understanding how to drive meaningful content and how to handle an online crisis. Through case studies students develop an understanding of how to manage an editorial calendar and adjust content to meet the needs of a specific brand. Prerequisite: SMED 4300
SMED 4750
Strategies in Business Management
Students develop an understanding of the current management skills used to make business strategy decisions. Through lectures and course work students learn how to make decisions using data which can help them identify common business efficiencies and effectiveness, and how this information can be used to improve an organizations economic value. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
SMED 4800
Digital Campaign Strategy
This course gives students insight into ways in which new media platforms can be used to build a better business and monetize brand websites. Students learn to interpret principles of marketing through the lens of the new media, develop a global media campaign, and make strategic decisions about return on investment and campaign effectiveness. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
SMED 4850
Creative Business Management
Students learn how economic, technologic and social changes can influence management practices. Through case studies and competitive analysis, students learn what kinds of management approaches should be taken to become successful in creative environment companies. Prerequisite: SMED 4800
SMED 4950
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
Total Units of Credit: 91