The communications major prepares students for careers in such areas as advertising, public relations, journalism (print, broadcast, and electronic), video and audio production, and writing for print and electronic media. Emphasis is on developing good writing and speaking skills, acquiring professional-level experience across several media platforms, and nurturing aesthetic awareness and creativity.
Majors complete 48 credits in communications and six credits of additional English-related coursework. Required communications courses include human communication media criticism, video production I, Journalism I, and senior seminar – all three credit courses. Majors also take three, one-credit practicum courses (supervised work in student radio, TV and newspaper) over their first two years, followed by one, three-credit campus media internship in junior year. As seniors, majors will complete a three-credit internship with a professional media organization. The practicum courses and internships provide valuable experiential learning as well as contacts with professionals in the media. The student selects the remaining credit hours in the major in consultation with his/her advisor.