Communication

SJC Communication students practice essential personal and professional development skills, including logical and critical thinking, clear and compelling writing, and confident presentation of self. Because communication skills are the number one attribute employers look for in employees, SJC Communication graduates are well prepared for a multiplicity of employment opportunities and graduate studies.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

BS in Communication (4 Year)

TRACKS
Communication
Theatre

Minors also available in Communication and Theatre

Why Communication?

  • 1 Communication skills are the number one attribute employers look for in employees. Therefore, a degree in Communication is valuable in a multitude of career paths.
  • 2 Studying Communication will help you become a better speaker and listener, both of which are crucial aspects of leadership. Thus, studying Communication will make you a better leader and may help you obtain promotions during your career.
  • 3 According to The Princeton Review, “Studying Communication will give you a strong foundation from which to launch any number of careers and aspirations.

 

Careers in Communication

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • DePaul University
  • Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • New York University
  • Purdue University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • St. Louis University
  • Indiana State University

Why Study Communication at Saint Joseph’s College?

Variety

In an effort to tailor students’ studies to their interests and goals, Communication majors can choose one of two tracks:

  • Communication – track that focuses on instruction in the discipline, theory, and practice of Communication. Those who choose the Communication track take courses such as Group Discussion, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Argumentation and Debate, and Survey of Rhetorical Theory.
  • Theatre – hands-on, production-oriented track which focuses on developing theatre skill sets and creativity in courses such as Acting, Improvisation, and Play Production. Additional Communication courses will produce a well-rounded graduate who is prepared to go into either the professional world of theatre or graduate study in the discipline.

Students can also minor in Communication and Theatre.

Hands-on Experience

In order to ensure that our students are prepared for employment after graduation, we provide Communication students with on-campus opportunities. For example, Communication students are encouraged to participate in the Dr. Ralph Cappuccilli Speech competition and showcase their skills to the campus for a cash prize.

Communication students can also gain experience by getting involved with WPUM-TV, our campus television station, as reporters, producers, directors, and crew members. Students can work as newscasters, sports announcers, and DJs for 93.3 The Joe, our campus radio station.

Students, especially those who choose the Theatre track, are encouraged to join the Columbian Players, SJC’s acting troupe and oldest club on campus.  The Columbian Players produce two full-length plays and a musical every year. Many students also participate in the SJC Improv Club, which organizes two main stage productions annually and makes other appearances throughout the year.

Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available to students who participate in our television, radio, or theatre programs. Students of all majors are encouraged to participate in the hands-on opportunities offered by the Department of Communication.

Dedication to Excellence

The opportunity to develop and hone communication skills and specific talents is combined with SJC’s nationally accredited Core Program. Both our Core Program and Communication courses combine theoretical background and practical applications, allowing students to develop their abilities to articulate ideas, adapt appropriately to a variety of audiences, and critically assess the messages of others. As a result, Communication graduates are well versed in thinking, speaking, and writing and are prepared for a multiplicity of employment opportunities.

Faculty and Class Size

In addition to extensive experience from states all over the country, professors in the Department of Communication have master's degrees in their fields of expertise. Class sizes range between 10 and 25 students.

Mark Maes '15

Major: Business Administration (Marketing)

Minor: Communication

 

"At SJC, you are not only getting your degree. You are in the process of learning to be a valued, educated member of society through the Core Program."

 

 

Explore the Core
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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.