SJC's Department of Communication offers a comprehensive course of study in Mass Communication, Theatre, and an Introduction to Communication Practice and Theory. From the beginning introductory courses to the capstone Senior Seminar course, where the student demonstrates competency in the discipline through a major research paper or original project, 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:
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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 will ask 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, 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.
When Mass Communication students take MC 359: Hollywood Workshop, a course that focuses on the film and television industry, they are given the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles. Students spend a week in LA and visit studios, audio and video post-production houses, 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 also gain experience by getting involved with 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. Students are welcome to become part of the Columbian Players, the SJC acting troupe that produces two full-length plays and a musical each year. Students can also participate in the SJC Improv Club, which organizes two main stage productions annually as well as makes other appearances throughout the year. Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available to students who participate in television, radio, or theatre at SJC.
The Department of Communication encourages students to pursue internships. Mass Communication students have interned with radio and TV stations in Chicago (WBBM-CBS 2), Los Angeles, Detroit, Indianapolis (Fox 59), South Bend, Lafayette (WLFI-TV 18), and Logansport. Theatre Arts majors have interned and assisted with productions at theatres such as the Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI).
“Mass Communication Makeover”: SJC’s Contact features the Department of Communication’s technological advances
Department Majors and Minors
- Hanna Elizabeth Kane '15
- Jessica Curbis '14
- Katherine "Katie" Dittman '14
- Andrew Dudich ’11
- Cameron Cullers ’11
- David Santangelo '09
- Jessica Harris ’06