Communication Department

WV Wesleyan College
Mission Statement
...As a residential institution of higher education, the College aspires to graduate broadly educated men and women who: Think critically and creatively, Communicate effectively, Act responsibly, and Demonstrate their local and world citizenship through service.
The Communication Department pursues the study of how humans make and interpret meaning through the design, delivery and evaluation of messages as individuals, in media, and in various cultures and contexts. In pursuit of this overall goal, three fields of study are offered: Communication Studies, Media Studies, and Public Relations.


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Lambda Pi Eta Members 2013

Communication Studies Major


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The Communication Studies major focuses on the design and impact of messages on the individual in various contexts and cultures.

Requirements for Communication Studies Major

38 semester hours including COMM 105, 121 or 220, 221 or 241, 226, 320, 324, 325, 327, 329, 418, 495, and 5 hours of electives in communication. Also required is one semester of participation in C92-FM Radio, The Pharos newspaper or the Murmurmontis yearbook

For more information about the program, contact Department Chair Peter Galarneau or visit the Admissions Office online to apply or schedule a visit.



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Media Studies Major


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The Media Studies major examines and practices the delivery of various news media and information to audiences in the traditional media and the multiple and interactive ways of new digital and electronic media.

Requirements for Media Studies Major

48 semester hours including COMM 105, 138, 139, 230, 232, 234, 235, 239, 240, 320, 327, 330, 335, 336, 337, 341, 418, 438 and 497. Also required are two semesters of participation in C92-FM radio and two additional semester of participation in either C92-FM radio, The Pharos newspaper or the Murmurmontis yearbook. In addition, media studies majors must complete at least four semesters of participation with major responsibilities (e.g. executive board membership in radio or an editorial position in newspaper or yearbook) in either C92-FM radio, The Pharos newspaper or the Murmurmontis yearbook. Students may concurrently count their semesters with major responsibilities towards their requirements for participation.

For more information about the program, contact Department Chair Peter Galarneau or visit the Admissions Office online to apply or schedule a visit.



Dave and Mike in the C-92 Studio

Public Relations Major


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The Public Relations major studies the design, delivery and impact of communication as organizations strive to build relationships with their various publics.


Requirements for Public Relations Major

40 semester hours including COMM 105, 230, 232, 234, 235, 240, 320, 327, 342, 343, 418, 444, 496, and 3 hours of electives in communication. Also required are two semesters of participation in C92-FM radio and two additional semesters of participation in either C92- FM radio, The Pharos newspaper or the Murmurmontis yearbook.

For more information about the program, contact Department Chair Peter Galarneau or visit the Admissions Office online to apply or schedule a visit.



Minors in the Communication Department

Requirements for Communication Studies Minor

15 semester hours including COMM COMM 105, 221 or 241, 226, 320, 327; also required is one semester of participation in either C92-FM radio, The Pharos newspaper or the Murmurmontis yearbook.

Requirements for Media Studies Minor

18 semester hours including COMM 138, 139, 230, 232, 235, 239, 240; and either 234 and 341, or 444. Also required is one semester of participation in C92-FM radio and one additional semester of participaton in either C92-FM radio, The Pharos newspaper or the Murmurmontis yearbook. In addition, media studies minors must complete at least two semesters of participation with major responsibilities (e.g. executive board membership in radio or an editorial position in newspaper or yearbook) in either C92-FM radio, The Pharos newspaper or the Murmurmontis yearbook. Students may concurrently count their semesters with major responsibilities towards their semester requirements for participation.

For more information about the program, contact Department Chair Peter Galarneau or visit the Admissions Office online to apply or schedule a visit.



 

2013 Communication Department Award Winners
2013 Communication Department Award Winners (L to R): Ashli Knotts, Justin Heinauer, Jessica Fabbricatore, Andy Kall, Kim Stephens
All three majors emphasize analytical thinking, writing and oral expression, and require an internship which creates a bridge between theory and applied knowledge. This broad communication background is accomplished through the communication core of 5 courses (15 credit hours) required of all three majors. Students, undecided about a major, may take core courses before selecting their particular major. Core courses include: COMM COMM 105, 320, 327, 418, and an internship (COMM 495, 496, or COMM 497). This broad background together with each major’s required and elective courses prepares communication department graduates to apply their knowledge and skills to careers in business, not-for-profit organizations, public relations, broadcasting, print and new media platforms, or service-oriented fields. These majors also prepare our graduates for graduate study in such areas as interpersonal communication, organizational behavior, instructional communication, public relations, or integrated marketing communication.

Majors and minors, as well as non-majors, benefit from a flexible program of courses and co-curricular activities, such as serving as disc jockeys and staff for C92- FM, the campus radio station, or writing, editing or serving as staff for The Pharos, the campus newspaper, and individually tailored internships. In consultation with department faculty, students may select courses that will prove helpful in achieving individual goals. Majors and minors within the department may not be combined.

 

 

Communication Department Students & Faculty in the News