Program of Study
Communication Studies is the newest concentration added and offers classes associated with human communication behavior. Public speaking and debate, interpersonal communication, organizational communication and public relations are just some of the classes available to students in the program.
The Communication Studies specialization prepares students for careers in communication consulting, health communication, sales, human resources, public relations, event planning, and many others.
In addition, this specialization prepares students for the systematic study of communication in graduate degree programs.
General Studies (48 hours):
General Studies curriculum information can be found in the University’s catalogue and/or by following this link: http://www.westliberty.edu/registrar/college-catalog/west-liberty-university-bulletin/
*Students who wish to take a ST 478 class as a substitution for one of the above electives MUST have the ST course approved as a major elective PRIOR to enrolling in the class. Approval may be granted by current Dean, current Chairperson, and/or current program coordinator. Currently, as of the spring semester 2012, these offices are held by the following people:
Dean, William Baronak
Chair, Brian Fencl
Program Coordinators: Brianne Bayer Mitchell and Ryan McCullough
Students majoring in Communication, with a concentration in Communication Studies, will be required to have a minor.
English (21 hours)
Psychology (18 hours)
Sociology (24 hours)
Theatre (25 hours)
Business (27 hours)
Entrepreneurship (27 hours)
Graphic Design (27 hours)
The classes listed below are have been recently been approved by the curriculum committee.
Survey of Communication COM 201
Group Communication COM 302
Organizational Communication COM 313
Persuasion COM 314
Communication Theory COM 401
Qualitative/Quantitative Research COM 402
Professional Presentations (Advanced Public Speaking) COM 450
Capstone/Senior Seminar COM 480
The College of Arts and Communication is pleased to announce that they have added Communication Studies as a new degree concentration. Communication Studies is being added in addition to the department’s current concentrations of Broadcast and Journalism. The Non-Comprehensive degree concentration will no longer be offered, although the students currently enrolled in this program may choose to graduate within this concentration or transfer into the Communication Studies program.
Communication Studies is the perfect concentration for students with multiple interests and diverse talents because the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction.
All students seeking a degree in Communication will, at the end of their course of studies, earn a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in (either) Broadcast, Journalism, or Communication Studies.
What Do You Do With a Concentration in Communication Studies?
Political Science and International Relations
Public Policy and Administration
MASS MEDIA CAREERS:
Advertising and Marketing
Film (documentary & feature length): Development, Distribution, Production, and Promotion
Technology and its development
Television: Development, Production, Programming, and Promotion
ACADEMIC, SOCIAL SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT CAREERS:
Art and Architecture
Broadcast and Print Journalism: Anchor, Reporter, Production, Editor, and Publishing
Counseling and Consulting
Education: Teaching and Administration
Election Campaign Promotion
Non-profit Corporations and Fundraising
Service in Elective Public Offices
For more information, please feel free to email or call:
Dean, William Baronak, [email protected]
Chair, Brian Fencl, [email protected]
Program Coordinator, Brianne Bayer Mitchell, [email protected]
Program Coordinator, Ryan McCullough, [email protected]
Department Phone: (304) – 336 – 8006