Communication (minor)

Communication students examine how people communicate to form relationships and create communities in their professional and personal lives, both formally and informally. Courses combine theoretical background and practical application. Students develop their abilities to articulate ideas, to adapt appropriately to a variety of situations, and to critically assess the communication of others.



Only available as a minor

Why Communication?

  • 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.”

Careers in Communication

  • Advertising Executive
  • Attorney
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Media Specialist
  • Publicist

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • New York University
  • St. Louis University
  • Indiana University

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.  

Hands-on Experience

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

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
  • 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.