Real World Experience & Skills

Our students are provided with opportunities and instruction that leads to developing critical thinking skills while building real-world oral and written skills within their own unique area of study. The seven majors and two minors we offer also focus on the unique nature of each area of study by presenting real-life working experiences in an educational setting.

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With constantly evolving technology, today’s media and communication disciplines are innovative and interdisciplinary. In order to equip our students to meet the future demands of a changing society our experienced and knowledgeable faculty focuses on the practical application, historical study and critical analysis in a variety of disciplines. Faculty prepares our students of today to be the elite communicators and leaders of tomorrow.

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OUR COMMITMENT

Our department offers seven communication majors and two minors and boasts a faculty committed to providing students with an understanding of the theories and practices of their respective disciplines.

We do this by combining real-world EXPERIENCES with real-world studies to TEACH students real-world SKILLS.

OUR MISSION

To provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skill to achieve career success, to be viable practitioners within their professional disciplines, and to be prepared for advanced graduate study.

The Department of Communication provides the basic general studies communications courses required in all degree programs. In addition, the department offers a major in seven distinct areas: Advertising CommunicationBroadcastingCommunication StudiesDocumentary Films,JournalismSports Broadcasting, and Public Relations and a minor in Advertising Communication and Public Relations.

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Professor Beagle named to Board

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College Radio Day

Join WGLZ for comedy night with two special College Radio Day performances in the College Union on Thursday, October 2nd. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Bring a canned food item or donate $2 for your chance to a win WGLZ College Radio Day t-shirt or gift certificate.... read more

Communication students present senior project

The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies held a senior capstone colloquium on Monday, May 5 in the Alumni Room of the College Union. The capstone presentations included research and practicums from seniors in the communication studies, journalism, and... read more

Department secures broadcasting grant

Jeffrey Pfister, instructor and director of WGLZ radio, recently announced that the department of journalism and communication studies secured a $2,500 grant from the West Virginia Broadcasters Educational Foundation (WVBEF). According to Pfister, the grant helps fund... read more

USA TODAY Charitable Foundation awards department

USA TODAY awarded the journalism and communication studies department with 30 licenses for the electronic edition to their national newspaper. The grant allows students in media and journalism classes full access to the electronic edition, which is an exact replica of... read more