Communication

Majors, Minors and Programs

Majors

Communication Studies Major, BA

The communication studies major begins with a traditional liberal arts perspective, infuses an international/intercultural perspective, and then focuses on practical application of communication knowledge and skill. The major is intended for students who wish to be at home in a wide range of situations and cultures and who value the role of communication in creating effective relationships locally and globally. The major is also an effective foundation for advanced study (academic or professional). Students must complete the communication foundation courses prior to acceptance into the communication studies major. Download Forms and Applications

Public Relations Major, BA

Public relations has become an indispensable part of any organization, company, institution, or government trying to create a body of public opinion to support its mission, vision, or values. Understood as a management function in modern organizations in the corporate world, this same professional level has been adopted by NGOs, non-profit organizations, and even governments and countries as a whole. This new scenario offers plenty of opportunities for multifaceted public relations practitioners with skills in written and interpersonal communication, research, negotiation, leadership, creativity, logistics, and problem solving. Students must complete the communication foundation courses prior to acceptance into the public relations major.  Download Forms and Applications

Digital Journalism Major, BA

In today’s environment of converging media, successful journalists need the necessary skills and concepts to tell meaningful stories for a variety of outlets. In this major, students learn how to conceive ideas and collect and present information using words, pictures, and sounds to craft news stories that are accurate, fair, clear, and compelling. Students will also understand the ethical, legal, and management environment of journalism and the fundamental role media plays in our social, political, and economic system. A specialization in print or broadcast is required. Students must complete the communication foundation courses prior to acceptance into the journalism major.  Download Forms and Applications

Specializations:

  • Writing and Reporting
  • Broadcast Journalism 

 


Minors

Communication Minor

The communication minor introduces students to the study of communication within a modern social and cultural context.
Students in teacher education must meet with the department chair and the certification director to determine the course of study necessary for endorsement. Download Forms and Applications

Organizational Communication Minor

The minor in organizational communication is designed to complement a broad spectrum of majors leading to careers in government, education, social and community services. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the basic nature of communication in organizations, and on the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for effective communication in organizations at the interpersonal small group, and public (large group) levels. Download Forms and Applications

Advertising Minor

The minor in advertising develops competence in advertising planning, production, and distribution. Students majoring in majors within the department are encouraged to take the advertising minor. However, it must be done in addition to the requirements of the majors, and does not qualify as an outside minor. Download Forms and Applications


Interdisciplinary Programs

 

Non-profit Organization Management Minor

The minor in non-profit organization management is an interdisciplinary minor designed to provide an understanding of the organization, financing and management issues in non-profit organizations. It is designed to complement majors in artistic, advocacy and educational endeavors. The minor provides practical, hands-on skills as well as discussion of the issues facing non-profit organizations. Download Forms and Applications

Non-Profit Organization Management Certificate

The certificate in non-profit organization administration is an interdisciplinary approach designed to provide an understanding of the organization, financing and management issues in non-profit organizations. It is designed to complement majors in artistic, advocacy, and educational endeavors. The courses provide practical hands-on skills as well as discussion of the issues facing non-profit organizations.  Download Forms and Applications

 

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