What majors and minors are offered?
The Communication and Journalism Department offers the following degree programs: Majors:
- Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication
- Bachelor of Science in Convergent Journalism
- Bachelor of Science in Public Relations
- Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication
- Speech Communication
- Speech and Theatre
Why should I major in Communication Studies?
A student should major in communication or journalism because we offer a broad range of courses and applied learning experiences that will challenge and guide students toward successful careers. We are small enough to offer a personalized educational experience; we are large enough to provide diversity within the program and to be a recognizable presence on campus and in the community.
- Excellence in teaching and research
- Service learning and internship opportunities
- Research opportunities with faculty
- Caring faculty
Why should I choose this program?
The department is known for its student-centered approach. Faculty members welcome classroom discussions and utilize an open-door policy, making them easily accessible to students outside of class. They provide timely feedback on assignments and critique draft papers and speech outlines. They are available to assist students with registration issues, campus questions, and career plans. The department offers opportunities for students to work directly with faculty. The department conference/lunch room also provides a location for students and faculty to enjoy informal discussions of coursework, research, campus activities, or the job market. Professors in the department consistently engage in research and publish on a regular basis. They are active contributors to their professional associations and hold leadership positions in discipline-related professional organizations.
What type of graduate programs are your graduates attending?
Many graduates attend graduate or professional schools to complete advanced work in communication, mass communication and journalism.
What are the admission requirements for the program?
Students pursuing a degree in speech communication must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better: COM 104, ENG 104 or 112, and COM 210 or COM 222.
What type of student succeeds in this program?
Students who can absorb knowledge from the classroom and gain practical experiences through production work have been able to excel in the program. In addition, students who have honed their writing and presentation skills have found it beneficial to their success. High school students who have completed courses in speech communication are best prepared for the program.
What is the typical class size?
Class size varies by area, but very few classes are over 28 students. Communication classes generally range from 20-28 students. Journalism classes generally range from 15 - 20 students.
How do students work together with faculty?
Faculty and students work together on numerous projects from developing research papers for national conferences to documentary production and other convergent media pieces.
What student organizations are available?
What type of awards have your faculty received?
- Two faculty members co-authored a “top three paper” at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
- One faculty member received the Governor’s Book Award and presented scholarly papers that received “top paper” honors at the Dakota History Conference and the National Communication Association conference.
Does the department have any direct interaction with the community?
Our faculty members are actively involved with many organizations in the community, including United Way, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, the Allied Arts Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the St. Joseph Museum and the YWCA. Students prepare and submit public relations campaign proposals to local nonprofit organizations. Several courses include service learning projects as part of their curriculum.