The Department of Communication provides a robust theoretical understanding of the principles and practices of various communication fields. Communication is a social process that creates individual and communal human identities, relationships, and institutions. The study of communication examines the exchange of information, both verbal (written and spoken) and nonverbal (gestures and inflection), all of which have the power to affect individuals, groups and society. A communication degree not only offers students flexibility as they decide on a career, but it also prepares them for a rapidly changing world that needs versatile, well-spoken individuals skilled in writing, public presentation, and interpersonal and organizational communication.
Students may pursue a B.A. in Communication. We offer minors in Communication and Theatre. Additionally, we offer concentrations in Digital Arts and Media Studies, as well as in Strategic and Human Communication. These ever-evolving fields of communication engage both social scientific and humanistic approaches to understanding human behavior and culture.
The Communication Department facilitates students in their ability to think critically and creatively, to integrate theory and practice, to develop a strong work ethic, to gain professional expertise and confidence, and to encourage the practice of treating self, others, and society with dignity and respect. All communication students will benefit from their improved skills in written and oral communication as they are challenged to excel and become competent as writers, speakers, visual designers, and critical thinkers.
Communication students will advance their understanding of theoretical, critical, and historical approaches, and will be able to demonstrate the ability to think analytically about issues in media studies and human communication. They will improve their speaking and writing skills by demonstrating their ability to research, organize, and deliver an effective oral presentation, as well as writing articles and papers in a variety of styles. Students will gain experience in understanding symbolism, aesthetics, and composition of visual communication, and will receive preparation that enhances their ability to seek, secure, and perform a career in the communication industry.
Communication majors are required to complete an internship during their junior or senior year. Majors are also permitted to complete a second internship for credit. To be eligible to apply, students must be a junior or senior Communication or Visual Arts and Experimental Media major who has completed 60 credits. For more information about the Mount’s internship program, visit our Internships page.
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