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Communication Studies

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Degree Details

Offered as: Bachelor

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on skills for modern careers in Communications
  • High-tech, job-based learning
  • Varied career path options
  • In-the-field internships opportunities

Why study Communication Studies at Mount Aloysius College?

At Mount Aloysius College, students can design classes to meet their career goals.  Professional options for this exciting major are growing and changing.  Today’s career opportunities are found in many areas.

  • Theatre
  • Journalism
  • Commercial writing
  • Public speaking
  • Digital and social media
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Or a wide variety of other related fields.

Our world consumes vast amounts of information.  Communicators create and distribute content that fuels life in the 21st Century.  Studying this exciting discipline at Mount Aloysius College prepares you for the future.  New models of communication are evolving.  Many involve traditional skill-sets.  Our faculty understand this evolution.

Possible Careers

Students reviewing a graphic design pieceThe Communication Studies program empowers graduates to excel in an expanding variety of careers.  Opportunities are evolving as society discovers new ways of messaging.  Today’s communicators use words, images, texts, numbers, video, sounds and shadows.  Careers in the field are growing and taking new shapes as needs in marketing, corporate communications, the arts, non-profits, journalism and news media evolve.

  • Advertising and Promotions Manager
  • Audio Visual Technicians
  • Broadcasters
  • Communications Teachers – Post secondary
  • Content Creators
  • Copy Writers
  • Digital Media Managers
  • Directors, Stage Managers, Motion Picture, Television and Radio
  • Editors
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graphic Designers
  • Journalists
  • Lawyers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Marketing Managers
  • Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Social Media Managers and Specialists
  • Technical Writers
  • Video Editors
  • Web Content Developers
  • Many more…

Are their job openings? How much will I make?

Employment opportunities are increasing in media and communication areas, and growth is expected to continue as the world moves even deeper into a digital society, requiring creativity, unique skill sets and basic knowledge of media strategies and communication practices.

Trend graph showing 10 percent increaseThe demand for Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers is expected to rise 10% from 2016 to 2026, an increase of 1,700 jobs.* The average median wage for an advertising, promotions, and marketing manager in the state of Pennsylvania is $131,730.*

Trend graph showing 9 percent increaseThe demand for Public Relations Specialists is expected to rise 9% from 2016 to 2026, an increase of 22,900 jobs.* The average median wage for a Public Relations Specialist in the state of Pennsylvania is $59,350.**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Success Stories

The Communication Studies program, coordinated by the English and Fine Arts Department at Mount Aloysius College, is a fairly new major, but any individual who is interested in this program can graduate with the knowledge that the possibilities are endless, and success is attainable.

 Some of our recent graduates from the English and Fine Arts Department all have successful jobs and careers:

John Moist, ‘14, is a Graduate Fellow studying Rhetoric at Baylor University.
Pam Young, ‘14, is a Behavior Support Specialist (BSS) at Kaleidoscope Family Solutions, Inc. and Program Specialist at Skills of Central PA, Inc.  As an English major with a Theater minor, Pam has also started her own drama therapy program in Cresson, Pennsylvania.
Kalyn Blake, ‘16, is a Marketing Assistant at Advanced Regional Center for Ankle and Foot Care in Altoona, PA.  Kalyn is also a Graduate Assistant in Communications who is pursuing her Master in Business at Mount Aloysius College.

Who will teach me?

The Communication Studies program is coordinated by the English and Fine Arts Department, whose faculty all hold appropriate doctoral or terminal degrees.  All faculty members take part in regular professional development, whether through research writing, conference presentations, or continuing education, which adds to their knowledge base pertaining to their areas of scholarly expertise.  Furthermore, the faculty of the English and Fine Arts Department also regularly contribute service to the College community by overseeing service projects, working with student clubs, and supporting campus events, speakers, co-curricular and extracurricular programs that are valuable to students and a vital part of the campus culture.

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Internships

Internships

The student in the Communication Studies program has the opportunity to complete an internship either on-campus with the Communications Department and Digital Grotto; the student-run digital campus newspaper The Belltower; or off-campus at a local business and media firms. This internship provides real-world Communications exposure and knowledge, application of skills, and networking for employment placement opportunities.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Program Goals

  1. Encourage student’s analytical and creative skills to prepare them for a wide variety of experiences in their professional lives.
  2. Provide students the tools to produce written, oral, virtual and mediated communication that demonstrates coherent integration of communication theory and practices.
  3. Prepare students to be able to apply, respect, and value the role of ethics and principled practices in media practices, procedures, policies, and issues.
  4. Enable students to demonstrate critical discernment of digital products that utilizes a system of scholarship and inquiry that informs and enriches professional preparation.
  5. Prepare students to combine the technical, theoretical, and aesthetic means to create effective messages for mass audiences.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Communication Studies Major, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective interpersonal, group, and public communication skills.
  2. Write clearly and effectively in forms and styles appropriate for the professions, audiences and purposes being served.
  3. Demonstrate the ethical use of communication tools and practices.
  4. Conduct research and critically evaluate information using methods appropriate to communication studies professions.
  5. Develop expertise across media platforms to craft creative, aesthetically effective messages according to media industry standards.
  6.  Demonstrate the ability to apply rhetorical principles in a variety of creative, digital, organization, professional and journalistic venues.
  7. Develop a global awareness of political, social and corporate issues influenced by communication sensitivity and skills.

Note: Learning goals are subject to regular review and revision.

 

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