College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BA, Communications
Department Chair Melissa Sgroi, MS
Dan Kimbrough, Assistant Professor, BS Manchester College, MS Central Michigan University
Melissa Becker Sgroi, Assistant Professor, BA Kings College; MS Ed, Wilkes University
The communications major prepares students for careers in areas such as graphic design, public relations, journalism (print, broadcast, and electronic), video and audio production, advertising, and writing for print and electronic media. The curriculum is specifically designed to help future media professionals develop the multiple skills required in a rapidly evolving and convergent media environment. Emphasis is on developing written and oral communication skills, acquiring professional-level experience across media platforms, and growing critical thinking skills.
Majors must complete 39 credits in Communications core courses, and an additional 15 credits in Communications elective courses and three credits of additional English coursework. Majors must complete three one-credit Practicum courses in newspaper, television, and radio during their first two years and one three-credit on-campus internship designed to students' their skills and prepare them for a three-credit off campus internship at a professional media organization. The Practicum courses and internships provide valuable skills and contact with professionals in the media industry.
Incoming first-year students seeking admission as communications majors must meet the general and specific requirements as stated in this catalog, including a 2.5 GPA in high school. Where a student does not fully meet those requirements, they may become a communications major whenever they achieve an overall university GPA of 2.0 or better. Continuation as a communications major requires that the student maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or "C" average, both in the major and in the overall grade point average.
Transfer students must complete all of the requirements listed in the sequence of required courses in this catalog. Approval for transfer credits in communications or approval of off-campus courses in communications rests with the program director.