- 1Communication skills are the number one attribute employers look for in employees. Therefore, having a minor in Communication is beneficial in every career path.
- 2Studying 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.
- 3According to The Princeton Review, “Studying Communication will give you a strong foundation from which to launch any number of careers and aspirations.”
Why Study Communication at Saint Joseph’s College?
SJC’s Communication minor is an excellent supplement to various career choices, such as public relations, human relations, business administration, advertising, government, social services, education, journalism, and more, including advanced study in graduate or law school. Our Communication minors take classes in public speaking, persuasion, argumentation, debate, rhetoric, and intercultural communication. As a result, the minor is applicable and beneficial to every major.
Communication students have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience. 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. Students can also get involved with our campus radio station, TV station, or stage productions with the Columbian Players. Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available for students who participate in our Radio, TV, or Theatre programs.
Communication students also gain hands-on experience in the classroom. In COM 110: Introduction to Communication, multiple aspects of the discipline are surveyed, including health communication. Students are invited to work on a “health project,” which asks them to investigate and critically consider aspects of their personal social, physical, and spiritual well-being. In COM 114: Public Speaking, which is offered each term, students are encouraged to engage in public presentation from a dramatic approach. Within this course are multiple opportunities for hands-on practice and performance of speech, as well as persuasion and in-class debate.
Dedication to Excellence
Communication students examine how humans communicate to create communities, whether in face-to-face interactions, small groups, or large organizations; with peers, colleagues, or strangers; or through formal and informal methods. Courses at SJC combine both 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.
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