Communication Majors

"Do you want to have a resume packed with the skills employers are looking for? Sounds like majoring in Communication will be right for you!" 

Anyone interested in majoring or minoring in communications, or who would like to broaden their knowledge of general education, can pick from a variety of core courses such as: Public Speaking (COMM 1020); Intro to Public Relations (COMM 1030); Intro to Mass Communications (COMM 1500); and Interpersonal Communications (COMM 2110). All of the classes developed under the communication core emphasis are designed to give students experience: researching, writing, and discussing; creating, delivering, and critiquing speeches and group presentations; analyzing techniques and theory; and multimedia tool exploration. 

If you are interested in broadcasting or journalism, you can also select either of those emphasis while majoring in communicatoin. Click on the links on the left menu bar for more specifics on either broadcasting or journalism major emphasis.

The professors who teach communications classes have professional career experience ranging from district judge, author, industry public relations, department head, counselor, and previous instructor for numerous universities. Their combined experience promises high quality, challenging instruction for students of all backgrounds and academics.

RECOMMENDED CURRICULUM 
Students majoring in communication will be encouraged to choose curriculum corresponding to their area of emphasis: Broadcasting, Journalism, Public Relations.  All areas require a set of communication core classes be completed in combination with the required coursework for the area of emphasis. For more deatiled course information, see the Communications Degree Pathway.

Communication Core

The intent of the coursework selected for the communication core emphasis is to produce well-rounded communication major students with a solid basic understanding of all communication concepts.  Students are encouraged to develop a strong background in communication principles and practices so that they are able to be effective in the workplace and/or transfer into a larger universities’ communication program.

All communication majors, regardless their emphasis, must take the following classes: 

COMM 1020 Public Speaking (OC) 3
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (OC) 3
COMM 1500 Mass Media (HU) 3
COMM 2150 Intercultural Communication (OC) 3

Communication Core- 12 Credits Total

 

Broadcasting Emphasis

The broadcasting program gives Snow students the opportunity to study and implement visual and audio communications with their own radio show or television broadcasting.  Students majoring in broadcasting emphasis gain professional public speaking, operational, and managerial experience; setting a solid background for those wanting to pursue a further broadcasting degree, or enter the workforce.

Required Core Classes

All journalism majors must complete the four required core communication courses as well as the following classes specific to journalism: 

COMM 1830 Beginning Radio Production 3
COMM 1870 Radio Performance 1st Year 3
COMM 2870 Radio Performance 2nd Year 3
COMM 2200 Television Production (OC)  

12 credits total

 

Additional Recommended Courses (Pick any two classes)
COMM 2080 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate  Research Writing 3
ENGL 2875 Intermediate Research Writing E2 3
COMM 2270 Argumentation and Debate 3

6 credits total

 

Public Relations Emphasis

Students interested in Public Relations will understand the fundamentals of how messages are shaped and utilize techniques to improve the reception of those messages.  PR students will focus learning on all core elements of communication plus gain experience creating public relations events on campus and for the community. 

Required Core Classes 

All Public Relations majors must complete the four required core communication courses as well as the following classes specific to a public relations emphasis:

Required Public Relations Courses

COMM 2300 Intro to Public Relations (OC) 3
COMM 1870 Radio Performance 1st Year 3
COMM 2170 Organizational Communication 3
COMM 2200 Television Production (OC) 3

12 credits total

 

Additional Recommended Courses (Pick any two classes)
COMM 2080 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate  Research Writing 3
ENGL 2875 Intermediate Research Writing E2 3
COMM 2270 Argumentation and Debate 3

6 credits total 


Journalism Emphasis

Classes offered within the Journalism emphasis are designed to help students develop skills necessary to report clearly and coherently in journalism avenues including web publishing and print.  Students majoring in Communication within the Journalism Emphasis will work on a team of editors, managers, writers, photographers, advertisement specialist, and production members to create a weekly edition of brightly illustrated, engaging journalism known as the ‘Snowdrift’.  Participation in the journalism coursework gives students hands on application and skills implementing the lessons learned throughout the emphasis.

All journalism majors must complete the four required core communication courses as well as the following classes specific to journalism:  

Required Journalism Courses

COMM 1130 Media Writing 3
COMM 1900 1st Year Newspaper Writing 3
COMM 2900 2nd Year Newspaper Writing 3

9 credits total

 

Additional Recommended Courses (Pick any two classes)
ENGL 2250 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate  Research Writing 3
ENGL 2875 Intermediate Research Writing E2 3
COMM 2270 Argumentation and Debate 3

6 credits total