The Communication and Journalism Program ensures that the student becomes engaged in turning theory into action. By designing a curriculum that requires individuals to take ownership of their learning process, incorporates innovative teaching techniques and links community resources and experiences to the classroom, we expect to better prepare students for either professional endeavors or graduate school.
Choose Your Sequence
Students may select from the journalism sequence, the organizational communication sequence or communication studies. Those choosing Journalism learn to report events in a responsible and ethical manner. Combining classroom work with writing for publication, students learn both the mechanics and the craft of reporting. Those choosing Organizational Communication will gain knowledge in human resources and professional training, mediation, assessment, and human relations skills. Communication Studies offers students an opportunity to combine courses in Journalism and Organizational Communication. All majors are exposed to the creative and business sides of promotional communication and advocacy.
The department fosters the development of oral and written communication skills essential in navigating a constantly changing world while also developing the broad knowledge base that benefits the liberally educated graduate in better knowing how he/she fits in that world. Along with competency in speaking and writing, successful graduates of Pfeiffer’s Communication Studies curriculum will possess skills in research, critical thinking, computing, analysis and implementation.
Choose from a Variety of Electives
Majors choose a sequence of courses considered foundational to their respective tracks. All communication studies majors are given the opportunity to choose from an ample number of electives from communication, English, business and computer information systems courses to insure both personal and professional interests are satisfied.
Students earning double majors within the department of Communication and Journalism must complete six (6) semester hours of electives in addition to the specified courses and hours; those earning triple majors within the Department of Communication and Journalism must complete nine (9) semester hours of electives in addition to the specified courses and hours.