Communications

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In our globally connected environment, communication has become paramount to every single person in the workforce. Highly skilled, well-rounded and experienced communication professionals are more sought after and have more career opportunities than ever before.

As a student in the Communication major, you will gain industry-grounded skills and insight into the full range of human communication, with and without technology. You will learn to harness those strengths in a focused, career-specific way.

Importantly, this program integrates critical and ethical thinking, reflection and problem solving into theories and practices of organizational communication. You will gain a comprehensive practical understanding of ethics and professionalism in communication and the civic responsibilities of content producers.

You will graduate a highly skilled, engaged, civic-minded professional who knows how to mobilize the power of your communication expertise to create positive, sustainable change in the world.  

Required specialization options (Choose 1)

As you become a rising sophomore, you will formally declare which of the four career-specific 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 Specialization: In addition to general expertise in human interaction and relationships, you will study the basics of graphic design, audio production, broadcast writing and digital marketing, and select electives from creative media, business and production that match your career interests. 

  • Media Production Specialization: This specialization is all about hands-on multimedia production. You'll gain a foundation in video field production, synthesis and sound design, online journalism, the music business, and web design. 

  • Media Writing Specialization: The coursework guides you through the principles of journalism for different media and audiences. Topics include advertising, social media and broadcast writing, the principles of public relations, journalism and digital marketing.

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

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

As a Communication major, you are highly encouraged to become a member of the Champlain PRSSA chapter, which allows you access to the many opportunities provided by the national PRSSA organization including regional and national conferences, internships, job fairs, competitions and scholarships. https://www.champlain.edu/student-life/campus-life/activities-and-clubs/student-organizations/prssa

Faculty

The members of the faculty have extensive industry experience in their areas of media communications expertise. This includes practitioner/scholars in the areas of sonic arts, broadcast, audio and video production, public relations, professional writing, social media, marketing, digital advertising and other areas covered in the program. Small class sizes provide high levels of individual attention and interest from your faculty members. 

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 companies, including People Making Good Public Relations, FUSE Marketing, Regional Education Television Network, Hen House Media, Hall Communications, WCAX-TV, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Vermont PBS and Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

Study Abroad

We strongly encourage our Communication majors to study abroad for a semester during their junior year. We designed the curriculum of our majors to support a semester of international study, which means you can study in another country, even complete an internship abroad, and still graduate on time. You can choose to take your international study at our campus in Montreal, Canada, or in Dublin, Ireland, or virtually anywhere in the world through one of our Global Partners or third-party programs.

Senior Capstone Project

All Communication majors participate in the Capstone experience that combines professional preparation with a final project through a service-learning project-based course. During the Capstone, you move from a role where you are dependent on instruction to one in which you are an independent thinker, managing your own decisions while being responsive to others' feedback. The final project, produced in small teams, may include documentaries, podcasts, magazines, public relations campaigns or training manuals.

Employment Outcomes

Communication majors are prepared to work in a wide range of fields. Our graduates have held positions in video and audio production, radio, television news and sports, social media, public relations, college admissions, journalism, branding, conflict mediation, human resources, marketing and event planning. Our most recent data shows that 100% of 2016 graduates from this program are employed or continuing their education within six months after graduating, and 89% of those employed are in positions relevant to their career goals.