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Communication Majors

"Do you want to have a resume packed with the skills employers are looking for? Sounds like majoring in Communication will be right for you!" 

Anyone interested in majoring or minoring in communications, or who would like to broaden their knowledge of general education, can pick from a variety of core courses such as: Public Speaking (COMM 1020); Intro to Public Relations (COMM 1030); Intro to Mass Communications (COMM 1500); and Interpersonal Communications (COMM 2110). All of the classes developed under the communication core emphasis are designed to give students experience: researching, writing, and discussing; creating, delivering, and critiquing speeches and group presentations; analyzing techniques and theory; and multimedia tool exploration. 

If you are interested in broadcasting or journalism, you can also select either of those emphasis while majoring in communicatoin. Click on the links on the left menu bar for more specifics on either broadcasting or journalism major emphasis.

The professors who teach communications classes have professional career experience ranging from district judge, author, industry public relations, department head, counselor, and previous instructor for numerous universities. Their combined experience promises high quality, challenging instruction for students of all backgrounds and academics.

RECOMMENDED CURRICULUM
Students majoring in communication will be encouraged to choose a curriculum corresponding to their area of emphasis: Applied Communication (Broadcasting or Journalism) or Strategic Communication.  All areas require a set of communication core classes to be completed in combination with the required coursework for the area of emphasis. For more detailed course information, see the following Communications Degree Pathway.

Applied Communication

The broadcasting program gives Snow students the opportunity to study and implement visual and audio communications with their own radio show or television broadcasting. Students majoring in broadcasting emphasis gain professional public speaking, operational, and managerial experience; setting a solid background for those wanting to pursue a further broadcasting degree, or enter the workforce.
Classes offered within the Journalism emphasis are designed to help students develop skills necessary to report clearly and coherently in journalism avenues including web publishing and print. Students majoring in Communication within the Journalism Emphasis will work on a team of editors, managers, writers, photographers, advertisement specialists, and production members to create a weekly edition of brightly illustrated, engaging journalism known as the ‘Snowdrift’. Participation in the journalism coursework gives students hands-on application and skills implementing the lessons learned throughout the emphasis.

 

                                               Applied Communication Pathway & Certificate
Course Credits Semester Offered Online Important Infomration
Freshman (Semester 1)        
COMM 1020 Public Speaking (FA) 3 Fall, Spring X  
English 1010 Expository Writing 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
Journalism or Broadcasting Emphasis (See footnote) 3 Fall, Spring    
Math (highest qualified level/what is required by your major) 3      
GNST 1200 Foundations 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X

Consider taking a Foundations course that incorporates a communications course
*You Are What You Eat
*Animal and Human Intelligence

                                       Total Credits: 15      
         
Freshman (Semester 2)        
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communications (SS) 3 Fall, Spring X  
COMM 1500 Intro to Mass Media (HU) 3 Fall, Spring X  
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Research Writing 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
Journalism or Broadcasting Emphasis (See footnote) 3 Fall, Spring    
Additional Math if necessary OR COMM Emphasis 3-4 Fall, Spring X  
                                       Total Credits: 15-16      
         
Sophomore (Semester 1)        
COMM 2300 Intro to Public Relations (IE) 3 Fall, Spring X  
Physical Science* 3 Fall, Spring    
Journalism or Broadcasting Emphasis (See footnote) 3 Fall, Spring    
American Institutions (AI) 3-4 Fall, Spring    
Elective Credit  3      
                                       Total Credits: 15-16      
         
Sophomore (Semester 2)        
COMM 2300 Intro to Public Relations (IE) 3 Fall, Spring X  
Physical Science* 3-4 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
Journalism or Broadcasting Emphasis (See footnote) 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
American Institutions (AI) 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
Elective Credit  3      

                                       Total Credits:

15-16      

*In order to complete your GE science requirement, you will need 7 total credits. Three Life Science, Three Physical Science and one lab - or an additional science class
**If you are coming to Snow with completed credit through concurrent enrollment, or from some other institution, advance future semester offerings

 

Journalism Emphasis

                

Broadcasting Emphasis

COMM 1130 Writing for Communications

 

COMM 1560 Radio Performance 1

COMM 1900 (Fall), 1910 (Spring) Newspaper Production I

 

COMM 2870 Radio Performance 2

COMM 2900 (Fall), 2910 (Spring) Newspaper Production II

 

COMM 2200 Broadcasting TV

COMM 2180 Photojournalism

 

COMM 2250 Intermediae TV 

 

Strategic Communication

The intent of the coursework selected for the communication core emphasis is to produce well-rounded communication major students with a solid basic understanding of all communication concepts. Students are encouraged to develop a strong background in communication principles and practices so that they are able to be effective in the workplace and/or transfer into a larger universities’ communication program.
Students interested in a Public Relations emphasis will understand the fundamentals of how messages are shaped and utilize techniques to improve the reception of those messages. PR students will focus learning on all core elements of communication plus gain experience creating public relations events on campus and for the community.

 

                                              Strategic Communication Pathway & Certificate
Course Credits Semester Offered Online Important Infomration
Freshman (Semester 1)        
COMM 1020 Public Speaking (FA) 3 Fall, Spring X  
English 1010 Expository Writing 3 Fall, Spring X  
Journalism or Broadcasting Emphasis (See footnote) 3 Fall, Spring    
Math (highest qualified level/what is required by your major) 3      
GNST 1200 Foundations 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X Consider taking a Foundations course that incorporates a communications course
*You Are What You Eat
*Animal and Human Intelligence
                                       Total Credits: 15      
         
Freshman (Semester 2)        
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communications (SS) 3 Fall, Spring X  
COMM 1500 Intro to Mass Media (HU) 3 Fall, Spring X  
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Research Writing 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
American Institutions (AI) 3 Fall, Spring    
Additional Math if necessary OR COMM Emphasis 3-4 Fall, Spring X  
                                       Total Credits: 15-16      
         
Sophomore (Semester 1)        
COMM 2270 Argumentation & Debate (IE) or Comm 1900 Newpaper Product 3 Fall, Spring    
COMM 2120 Small Group or COMM 1130 Comm Writing  3 Fall, Spring X  
Life Science* 4 Fall, Spring    
Elective Credit 3      
Elective Credit 3      
                                       Total Credits: 15      
         
Sophomore (Semester 2)        
COMM 2300 Intro to Public Relations (IE) 3 Fall, Spring    
Physical Science* 3-4 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
COMM 2150 Intercultural Communication (SS) 3 Fall, Spring, Summer X  
Elective Credit 3      
Elective Credit  3      

                                       Total Credits:

15-16      

*In order to complete your GE science requirement, you will need 7 total credits. Three Life Science, Three Physical Science and one lab - or an additional science class
**If you are coming to Snow with completed credit through concurrent enrollment, or from some other institution, advance future semester offerings.

 

 

 

Sandra Cox - 435.283.7384 - sandra.cox@snow.edu