Communication majors select courses that may lead to a variety of career choices. These career choices include public relations and advertising, print and broadcast journalism, business and industry, law, education, community relations, administration, government, arts and entertainment, and social and human services. Specifically, graduates of the College's Communication and Theatre Arts department are currently working as media buyers, advertising and sales representatives, photographers, journalists, lawyers, television and film producers and directors, media personalities, direct sales representatives, and publishers.
Some communication majors choose to continue their education through graduate and post-graduate degree programs throughout the country. These students acquire masters and doctoral degrees in film, radio and television, speech communication, law, theatre, and other related areas.
Graduates need to be prepared for potential career changes which may occur throughout their professional lives. They need to be educated for change. A liberal arts education at St. Scholastica provides a rich diversity and variety of training in communication that will aid graduates in facing the challenges of a constantly changing job market. Majors, as part of their college requirements, are required to take not only communication courses, but also a variety of courses in the behavioral arts and sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, as well as humanities. Majors also complete a minor in a second academic area.
The communication major is quite flexible, allowing students to enroll in elective courses within the department as well as in other disciplines. The program is designed to develop a broadly educated person.
Film and Art or any other film class
Intercultural Communication or Study Abroad
UD Advanced Writing Class
Any Film Class
4 Elective courses within the department
Highlights of the Communication Program
Majors can complete an internship of four to sixteen credits (which is the equivalent of a full semester of academic credit). The internship may be completed all at once at one location, or be taken in four credit units in up to four different locations and spread throughout the junior and senior years. For example, a student might complete eight credits in radio news, four credits in TV production, and four in public relations.
Students can focus their elective courses on photography, film, advertising, journalism, theatre, or communication theory. OR they can enroll in a variety of these courses.
Production facilities include black and white and color photography labs, beginning and advanced audio production studios, and television production facilities, including a new digital edition suite.
The department is a member of the National Communication Association, a national organization of communication professionals which provides opportunity to share research as well as career placement information.
St. Scholastica faculty know their students by name and develop working relationships with their majors.
Nathan Carroll is an expert in film studies, especially in relation to American culture. In his free time he watches and collects movies and has published articles in film journals such as The Velvet Light Trap and The Moving Image.
Tammy Ostrander, who is currently the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters, holds a doctorate degree in communication theory, specializing in persuasion and rhetoric. She appears in community theatre productions and directs for the CSS Theatre.
Rob Larson teaches Writing for Mass Media, Human Communication, and Media Literacy.
Jen Reierson has taught public speaking, interpersonal communication, introduction to public relations, advertising, public relations, crisis communication, and risk communication.
Ed Smith, a former television news director, writes and produces independent video documentaries. His teaching expertise includes advanced training photographic techniques and media. Ed is the advisor for The Cable.
Merry Renn Vaughan, Department Chair, oversees the Theatre Program associated with the department. She is skilled in directing both musical theatre pieces as well as non-musical theatre. She frequently shares her talent with various community theatre groups.
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