Gillis (Chair - Fall), Johnson (Chair – Spring), Donovan, Helb, Poniatowski, Wennberg
For more information, please visit the Department’s website or check your course syllabi, which are available through the course instructor or at the High Library.
The Department of Communications offers a comprehensive preparation in the professional field of communications, firmly grounded in a well-rounded liberal arts education. In addition to developing written, spoken and performance skills, students learn communications theories, media design, management and production.
Advanced courses in oral presentation, media management, graphics, writing, audio and video production, new media, corporate communications and cultural communications, among others, permit majors to advance into this discipline. Students may select a concentration from the following: Corporate Communications (public relations and marketing), Mass Communications, or New Media Communications (digital media and web design).
Department facilities are located in the Steinman Center for Communications and Fine Arts. This Center contains modern equipment in audio and video studios, a photography lab, and graphics and multi-image laboratories. The student-operated media stations, WWEC 88.3 FM and ECTV Channel 40, are housed in the Center. Additionally, the student-run newspaper, The Etownian, is advised by the Department.
The curriculum is complemented by a number of Departmental organizations: WWEC-FM radio, Photography Club, Society for Collegiate Journalists (honorary society), International Association of Business Communicators (student chapter), ECTV-40 and others. The Etownian provides excellent journalism experiences for majors. These organizations sponsor speakers, workshops, contests and field trips to enhance campus life while making the student’s classroom experience more meaningful.
The curriculum, along with the many co-curricular activities, prepares majors for careers in corporate and institutional communications, public relations, marketing communications, broadcasting and media production related fields, newspaper and magazine writing and reporting, advertising, sales, law and many more fields.
The Department offers a major in Communications with three concentrations.
A Communications minor is offered to students majoring in other programs. The minor permits students to reach a level of competency in written, spoken and visual communications to complement their primary area of preparation.
Internships and Practica
Out-of-classroom, on-the-job field experiences are encouraged of all majors and minors. An experience linking the academic world and the work world can enable an advanced student to apply – in a practical way – understandings and abilities in a career-related position. Practica may be elected by majors and minors at any time and are available for one, two or three semester credits with on- or off-campus sponsors. They are repeatable to a maximum of four credits and may count only as general elective credit. Internship credits also count only as general elective credits. They are available only to seniors and must be taken only for 12 semester credits (requiring the internship to be the equivalent of a full-time position for an entire semester). Additionally, the internship option requires an overall 2.70 grade point average and a 3.00 grade point average in the major. The Department’s “Guide to the Preparation of Internships” serves as an outline of procedures and requirements for an internship. Students are permitted to seek their own positions for either option or to select one from the many opportunities already listed with regional communications organizations.
All students must have a 2.00 grade point average to declare the major or minor and enroll in any courses above the 100 level.
Additional expenses for the communications student normally include production materials for audio, video and graphics courses. These expenses are part of the following courses: COM 125 , COM 135 , COM 348 , COM 408 and incidentals in other courses.
The Department of Communications makes recommendations to students for courses to complete the College Core. Courses have been chosen to aid in the integration of the major with liberal arts studies. The student’s check sheet specifies these suggestions.
Honors in the Discipline
The Department of Communications participates in the College Honors in the Discipline Program. For guidelines, students should consult the Department Chair.