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Communication Department


The Communication Department offers a rewarding curriculum that focuses on the process and effects of communication, the Internet and personal media, in both mediated and face-to-face contexts. The department develops effective communicators who not only are skilled in using communication technologies, but also understand that socially responsible communication is an interaction among people that requires both skill and sensitivity. Building on a foundation in the liberal arts that provides a broad-based general education, the study of communication teaches students how to express their ideas and values in spoken, written and visual messages. Students also learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of messages produced by others. Students majoring in communication can select from three areas of emphasis: strategic communication, media communication or sports communication.

Career Opportunities

Each concentration is designed to prepare the student for advanced degree work and/or employment in communication-related and professional fields. Potential career areas include advertising, corporate relations, event planning, health communication, higher education, human resources, journalism, media production, media programming and management, the Internet and personal media, media research, organizational communication, public relations, speech writing, and training and consulting, among other possibilities.

Faculty

B. Mello, Chair; C. Grobmeier; B. Paxton

Communication Major (36 Credit Hours)

Students select one of three concentrations (21 hours) to complete the major.

  • Strategic Communication -- this concentration is targeted to students who seek to enter into corporate communication positions or non-profit communication positions
  • Media Communication -- this concentration is targeted to students interested in pursuing careers in the consistently changing world of modern mass media
  • Sports Communication -- this concentration is targeted to students interested in pursuing careers in sports management and sports promotion

*All courses for the Communication major are three credit hours.

*Students must obtain a grade of C or better for any course to be applied to the communication major or minor.

Core Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

  • COMM 200: Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COMM 205: Mediated Message Production
  • COMM 211: Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 324: Senior Seminar I: Communication Research
  • COMM 369: Senior Seminar II: Research Applications

Strategic Communication

Required to complete this concentration:

  • COMM 216: Introduction to Health Communication
  • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication

Choose four courses from the following:

  • COMM 203 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media
  • COMM 210: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 313: Persuasion
  • COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics
  • COMM 350: Gender, Identity and Communication
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies
  • COMM 337: Leadership Communication
  • COMM 325: Internet as Communication
  • COMM 306: Organizational Assessment
  • COMM 209: Small Group Communication
  • COMM 368: Communication Responsibilities

Media Communication

Required to complete this concentration:

  • COMM 220: Digital Audio Production
  • COMM 221: Digital Video Production
  • COMM 222: Critical Television Studies

Choose four courses from the following:

  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media
  • COMM 301: Law of Mass Communication
  • COMM 321 Electronic Journalism
  • COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics
  • ART 322: Advertising in Marketing
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies
  • COMM 325 Internet as Communication
  • COMM 305: Television and Film Scriptwriting
  • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
  • ART 113: Photo 1: Digital
  • ART 315: Website Art and Design
  • COMM 368: Communication Responsibilities

Sports Communication

Required to complete this concentration:

  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media
  • COMM 207: Sports Communication
  • COMM 321: Electronic Journalism

Choose four courses from the following:

  • COMM 203 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 221: Digital Video Production
  • COMM 220: Digital Audio Production
  • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication
  • COMM 325: Internet as Communication
  • COMM 321: Electronic Journalism
  • COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics
  • COMM 350 Gender and Communication
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies
  • ART 322: Advertising in Marketing
  • ART 113: Photo 1: Digital
  • ART 315: Website Art and Design
  • ENGL 235: Literature and Sports
  • SOC 140: Sociology of Sports
  • COMM 368: Communication Responsibilities

Applied Communication Major/Degree Completion (30 Credit Hours)

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Major is an online adult degree completion program designed to prepare the student for careers in communication-related and professional fields. Potential career areas include advertising, corporate relations, event planning, health communication, higher education, human resources, journalism, media production, media programming and management, the Internet and personal media, media research, organizational communication, public relations, speech writing, and training and consulting, among other possibilities.

The department develops effective communicators who not only are skilled in using communication technologies, but also understand that socially responsible communication is an interaction among people that requires both skill and sensitivity. The study of communication teaches students how to express their ideas and values in spoken, written and visual messages. Students also learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of messages produced by others.

Transfer Policy

All transfer students must take ACSU 101: Transfer Student Orientation. It is a one-on-one orientation, for no cost and carries zero credit hours. This is a graduation requirement for transfer students.

Transfer Students with fewer than 30 hours

All requirements of the general education curriculum, including the First-Year Seminar.

Transfer students with more than 30 hours

Students who have completed the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI/GECC) requirements (37-41 hours) must take the following additional mission-based courses at SXU in order to fulfill their general education requirements:

  • Philosophy 150: The Examined Life
  • One religious studies course

Students have the opportunity to qualify for SXU's IAI/GECC Articulation Agreement as long as the majority of the general education core has been met prior to transferring. Any remaining general education courses may be taken from Saint Xavier University.

To receive a B.A. in Applied Communication a student must complete 120 hours of study that include the following:

  1. The University General Education Requirements
  2. Major requirements (30 Credit Hours) 
    • COMM 200: Perspectives on Human Communication
    • COMM 205: Mediate Message Production
    • COMM 206: Communication with Social Media
    • COMM 211: Introduction to Mass Communication
    • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
    • COMM 313: Persuasion
    • COMM 335: Organizational Communication
    • COMM 337: Leadership Communication
    • COMM 365: Internship
    • COMM 333: Communication Problems (A Capstone Course)
  3. Electives to complete 120 credit hours

Communication Minor

Communication minors must complete COMM 200 OR 211, and four communication electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor.

*All courses for the communication minor are three credit hours.

*Students must obtain a grade of C or better for any course to be applied to the communication major or minor.