Department of Communication

The SJC Department of Communication’s courses combine both theoretical and practical work, providing a firm grounding in the basics during introductory courses and building toward individual creativity and application in the senior capstone course. The Department of Communication prepares students for the future, be it in the workforce or graduate school. Our graduates hold positions in management, marketing, public relations, banking, teaching, and the entertainment industry, to name a few.

The Department of Communication includes the following programs and majors:

Clubs and Activities

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

In-class Experiences

In order to ensure that graduates are ready to enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies, the Department of Communication offers hands-on experience within the classroom.  For example, in COM 110: Introduction to Communication, Communication students survey multiple aspects of the discipline, including health communication. Students are invited to work on a “health project,” which requires them to investigate and critically consider aspects of their personal social, physical, and spiritual well-being.

In COM 114: Public Speaking, which is offered every term, Communication 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.

In COM 359: Hollywood Workshop, a course that focuses on the film and television industry, students are given the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles. Students spend a week in LA to visit audio and video post-production houses and studios, meet with alumni, and tour the city. Students learn about the production process and apply their knowledge back on campus.

On-campus Opportunities

The Department of Communication offers several on-campus opportunities to gain practical experience. For example, 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 gain experience by getting involved with WPUM-TV, our campus TV station, as reporters, producers, directors, and stage crew members. Students can also work as newscasters, sports announcers, and DJs for 93.3 The Joe, our campus radio station or as editors and journalists for The Observer, the College’s student-produced newspaper. 

Students interested in theatre and production are encouraged to join the Columbian Players, SJC’s acting troupe that produces two full-length plays and a musical every year, or the SJC Improv Club, which organizes two main stage productions annually and makes other performances throughout the year.

Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available to students who participate in our television, radio, and theatre programs.


Department of Communication students have interned with radio and TV stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Indianapolis, South Bend, Lafayette and local stations in Rensselaer, Knox, Monticello, Valparaiso, and Logansport. 


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Department Majors and Minors

Program Faculty

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    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. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    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.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    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.

  • Hoop House student workers

    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.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

  • Images of Students


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

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

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


  • Images of Students


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

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.