- 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?
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.
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.