Communications

In a globally connected world, being an effective communicator is essential to your personal and professional success. Champlain's Communication degree gives you insight into the full range of human communication-verbal, written, mediated, and nonverbal-and develops your ability to exchange ideas, connect with diverse groups, and interpret and skillfully share information. 

Our Communication major allows you to gain hands-on experience tailoring your messages for different applications and in a variety of organizational and social settings. You'll cultivate your critical and ethical thinking and problem-solving skills, while learning how to understand and relate with others.

You'll also learn the difference between using communication skills just for fun and using them to achieve goals-that is, knowing how to apply them strategically-in a way that the message, the audience and the channel all align to achieve specific results. You'll also have the opportunity to develop design and technology skills and learn about public relations and event management.

You'll culminate your academic experience with a communication-based capstone project through a partnership with a local nonprofit, demonstrating your professional preparation and independent thinking. By graduation, you will be a highly skilled, engaged, civic-minded professional with communication expertise that will open doors for you in a wide range of careers and industries.

Required specialization options (Choose 1)

As you become a rising sophomore, you will formally declare which of the four career-focused specialization areas you will pursue. The structure of each of these distinctive specializations will specifically prepare you for your future career in communications. To see the courses included in each specialization, please click the links.

Communication Studies You'll develop expertise in human interaction and relationships, including areas of organizational leadership, intercultural and small group communication, and conflict management. Additionally, you will be able to select electives from journalism and public relations to ethics and creative media.

Media Production This specialization is all about hands-on multimedia production. You'll gain a foundation in video production, synthesis and sound design, online journalism, production management, and web design.

Media Writing You'll craft written pieces for different media and audiences. Topics include: advertising, social media and broadcast writing, journalism, writing for public relations and digital marketing.

Public Relations/Strategic Communication This specialization focuses on creativity, interpersonal and writing skills as well as social media savvy. You will work with actual clients and execute strategies and campaigns to promote and manage all aspects of their brand.

Student Professional Associations

Communication majors are encouraged to become members of Champlain's chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the official communication honors society of the National Communication Association. Membership in these associations looks great on your résumé and allows you access to many opportunities, including conferences, networking, internships, job fairs, competitions, and scholarships.

Students in the LPH honors society will have access to broad range of professional networking opportunities in the communication field, special recognition and rewards for their academic achievements, connections with graduate schools, and will boost their résumé with LPH membership.

To be eligible to join, undergraduate students must have completed 60 credit hours, including a minimum of 12 credit hours in communication-specific courses, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA and rank within the highest 35% among peers in their class year. Once you are inducted, you are a lifetime member and will receive a certificate and special regalia to wear at commencement.

Faculty

The members of the faculty have extensive research and industry experience in their areas of media and communication expertise. Your small class sizes allow you to have individual attention and engagement with your professors. 

Internships

Multiple internship opportunities will help you perfect an integrated set of skills that will serve you well in launching a successful career. Communication majors intern with a variety of businesses and nonprofits, including 1% for the Planet, FUSE Marketing, Hall Communications, Spectrum, Steps to End Domestic Violence, Vermont PBS and VT Special Olympics.

Study Abroad

We strongly encourage our Communication majors to study abroad for a semester during their junior year. You can choose to take your international study at our academic centers in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, or nearly anywhere in the world, including Argentina, China, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland and more.

What Can You Do With a Communication Degree?

You can take your interest in content creation, interpersonal relationships, organizational leadership and social media into just about any industry. Communication majors are prepared to work in a wide range of fields such as public relations, education, healthcare, law, business, journalism, new media, social and human services, marketing, advertising, broadcasting and government and politics. 

Combined Bachelor's & Master's Degree

This combined degree program in Emergent Media allows you to earn a bachelor's degree while completing either a Master of Science (MS) within a year of graduation, or a terminal Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in just over an additional year.