Communications Studies Major

The Integrated 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://westliberty.edu/registrar/college-catalog/west-liberty-university-bulletin/

Integrated Communication Studies Major*
GENERAL STUDIES
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:
COM 311 Mass Media and Society 3
COM 323 Introduction to Cinema 3
COM 324 Documentary Film 3
 
COMM. STUDIES FOUNDATION (choose three) 9
COM 203 Argumentation and Debate 3
COM 301 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 302 Advanced Public Speaking 3
COM 306 Group Communication 3
COM 313 Organizational Communication 3
COM 314 Persuasion 3
COM 450 Speech Practicum 3
BROADCASTING (choose three)  9
DMD 204 Radio Production 3
COM 224 TV Production I 3
COM 225 TV Field Production 3
COM 226 Remote Production 3
COM 321 TV Production 3
COM 362 Audio Documentary Production 3
JOURNALISM (choose three) 9
COM 232 News Writing and Reporting 3
COM 323 Broadcast News Writing 3
COM 322 Writing for Radio & TV 3
COM 332 Feature Writing 3
COM 333 Editorial Writing 3
COM 334 Editing for Media 3
COM 337 Sports Reporting 3
COM 338 Investigative Journalism 3
COM 359 Writing for Web/Social Media 3
PUBLIC RELATIONS & ADVERTISING COMMUNICATION (choose three) 9
COM 227 Visual Literacy 3
COM 310 Advertising Communication 3
COM 312 Media Sales 3
COM 413 Public Relations 3
COM 414 Advertising Creatives 3
COM 415 PR Writing 3
COM 417 Advertising Campaigns 3
COM 426 Multimedia & Social Networking 3
COM 434 Desktop Publishing 3
INTEGRATED COMM. STUDIES UPPER-LEVEL 6
COM 402 Communication Research 3
COM 480 Communication Senior Seminar 3
MINOR and NON-COMMUNICATIONS CLASSES TO TOTAL 120

 

*WLU Catalog 2015-2016
Communication Studies Program Requirements
1. Communication Studies majors must complete a minor of at least 15 hours.
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, Dr. Matthew Harder
Chair, Brian Fencl
Program Coordinator, Ryan McCullough
Students majoring in Integrated 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:
Chair, Brian Fencl, [email protected]
Program Coordinator, Ryan McCullough, [email protected]
Department Phone: (304)336 – 8006