Communication fosters the understanding of the process and practice of communication among individuals, groups, organizations, and cultures. We are grounded in verbal and nonverbal behaviors for corporate and public, printed, and mass audiences. Our program is brand new and truly unique. It is different from the existing program in Professional Communication (B.A. in English), which emphasizes technical writing while we offer broader academic training and wider career choices.
Journalism and Speech Communication curricula lead to the Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Communication. Majors take a common, foundational core of courses, which serves a dual purpose. First, it focuses on the personal development and growth of the individual for success in both personal and career life. The program helps students to become focused, confident, polished, and creative professionals. Second, its courses are structured to develop career and professional competence in situational, corporate, public, and mediated environments and cultures.
The bed-rock of the major core is oral (verbal and non-verbal) communication, reinforced in the written arena. Oral communication is emphasized. The Division of Communication curricula emphasizes corporate teamwork with individual collaboration along with the use of technology to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of communication.
The major specializations combine theoretical knowledge with hands-on application. The curricula stress practical experiences. The student newspaper, yearbook, radio station, the regional PBS-affiliate television station, and the forensics (speech and debate) team are integrated with class work. Further, majors are encouraged to participate in internship and co-op programs.