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 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.
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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