Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Communication Studies Major


The Communication Studies major 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.

The Communication Studies major prepares students for careers in communication consulting, health communication, sales, human resources, public relations, event planning, and many others. In addition, the degree prepares students for the systematic study of communication in graduate degree programs.

The major is the perfect degree 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.

General Studies curriculum information can be found in the University’s catalog and/or by following this link: http://www.westliberty.edu/registrar/college-catalog/west-liberty-university-bulletin/

Communication Studies Major
GENERAL STUDIES 48
COMMUNICATIONS CORE 13
COM 201 Survey of Communications 3
COM 401 Communication Theory 3
COM 410 Communication Law and Ethics 4
   
Choose one from the following: 3
COM 311 Mass Media and Society
COM 323 Introduction to Cinema
COM 324 Documentary Film
   
COMM. STUDIES FOUNDATIONS 18
COM 203 Argumentation and Debate 3
COM 301 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 302 Group Communication 3
COM 313 Organizational Communication 3
COM 314 Persuasion 3
add. 3 hours in ANY COM designated courses 3
   
COMM. STUDIES UPPER-LEVEL 9
COM 402 Communication Research 3
COM 450 Advanced Public Speaking 3
COM 480 Capstone 3
   
MINOR and NON-COMMUNICATIONS CLASSES TO TOTAL  120

 

Communication Studies Program Requirements
1. Communication Studies majors must complete a minor of at least 18 hours. The minor cannot be in a Communications related field.
2. All students must meet COM requirements of an overall GPA of 2.5 and maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 to take upper level courses.
3. A minimum of 40 upper-level courses must successfully be completed.
 
Students who desire 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 fall semester 2013, these offices are held by the following people:

Dean, William Baronak
Chair, Brian Fencl
Program Coordinator, Ryan McCullough

Students majoring in Communication Studies are required to have a minor.

Suggested minors:
English (21 hours)
Psychology (18 hours)
Sociology (24 hours)
Theater (25 hours)
Business (27 hours)
Entrepreneurship (27 hours)
Graphic Design (27 hours)

What Do You Do With a Concentration in Communication Studies?

GRADUATE STUDY:
Business Management
Communication/Communication Management
Education
Journalism
Law
Motion Picture/Television
Political Science and International Relations
Psychology
Public Policy and Administration
Sociology

MASS MEDIA CAREERS:
Advertising and Marketing
Film (documentary & feature length): Development, Distribution, Production, and Promotion
Music Industry
Public Relations
Talent Agency
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
Finance
Human Resources
Information Services
Municipal Planning
Non-profit Corporations and Fundraising
Service in Elective Public Offices
Social Work

For more information, please feel free to email or call:
Dean, William Baronak, [email protected]
Chair, Brian Fencl, [email protected]
Program Coordinator, Ryan McCullough, [email protected]
Department Phone: (304)336 – 8006

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