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Students in the Communication major at Champlain take a common sequence of first-year courses that cover the main categories of communication and media professional work, including areas like graphic design, video storytelling, and media and society. You'll become familiar with various fields of communication, exploring different types of work and discovering what appeals to you most.
As you become a rising sophomore, you will formally declare which of our four career-specific concentration areas you will pursue. Your concentration tailors your education to suit your interests and professional goals, preparing you for your future career in communication.
There are four additional specialized areas of study in the Communication major that may be available as an optional concentration, depending on which required concentration you choose. Your Faculty Advisor will support you in fulfilling your graduation requirements as well as your interests and professional goals.
For each concentration available as an integral part of this major, you can see the full curriculum on the Communication curriculum page.
If you have lots of interests, are excited by the possibility of a number of career fields, and love to keep your options open, the Communication Studies concentration is a perfect fit for you.
This concentration is all about hands-on multimedia production. Through applied learning, you'll come to understand:
For those whose passion is merging the written word and digital technology, the Media Writing concentration is ideal.
This cutting-edge and innovative concentration focuses on creativity, interpersonal skills, and social media savvy. Choose Public Relations/Strategic Communication if you thrive on being in the middle of the action and getting others involved.
Event Management continues to gain momentum as a valuable and specialized skill set for organizations of all kinds. Special events are important strategies used by organizations to cultivate and maintain relationships with their clients, targeted audiences, and employees. In fact, special events are an industry in their own right, from fundraisers to corporate retreats to private parties and everything in between.
Champlain's 12-credit Event Management concentration gives hands-on experience to the action-oriented Communication major who enjoys managing various logistics and using creative problem-solving to craft an experience that brings people together. Get out from behind the desk and step into a field where no two days are the same and your transferable skill set gives you an added edge with today's employers.
Journalism is at a crossroads. With an ever-increasing number of digital news venues, this constantly changing and growing profession offers more opportunity than ever before. Champlain's Journalism concentration prepares you with the hands-on skills, expertise, and knowledge to enter a field with enormous potential.
Matched with a Communication degree, the Journalism concentration gives students a distinguished skill set that will provide a distinctive advantage in the job market.
Publishing is in need of new ideas and new media skills. If you are interested in pairing your Communication degree with an optional concentration in Publishing, you can work on real-world publishing projects and develop the new media skills many established publishers lack.
The Publishing concentration is set up around the WRT 346: Publishing in the 21st Century course, a project-based class that offers real-world experience working with clients. Projects may include traditional books, e-books, and other digital platforms, and may involve editing, design, illustration, marketing, social media, and event planning.
Learn how to conceive a publishing strategy that incorporates appropriate current technologies.
Make connections in the publishing industry with an internship.
Gain an understanding of the book production process, its sequence, and schedules.
Plan and execute team projects.
Learn professionalism by managing time, adhering to deadlines, and communicating with clients effectively and appropriately.
Apply the ethical and legal standards of the writing profession.
Plan and manage social media campaigns.
Sonic Arts is much in demand for today's communication professionals. Learn the ins and outs of the audio and recording industry.
The important skills you develop through the Sonic Arts concentrations will give you a tremendous advantage in the marketplace when you begin your job search.
Courses toward the end of this concentration sequence will have a specific emphasis on the creative and artistic aspects of sound design.