Communication Major Overview
Communication is among the most dynamic fields of study as it encompasses new technology, new theories, and new approaches for examining complex interactions between people. The implications are profound. Our understanding of identity, community, aesthetics, ethics, business, leisure, and just about every fragment of our lives is being transformed.
As a Communication major you’ll complete some foundation coursework and then choose from a considerable range of classes that fit your specialized interests and career goals. You’ll be furnished with the technology and tools to hone your skills in the craft of finding and conveying stories, whether it is for journalism or marketing purposes.
Hands-on learning in and outside the classroom is emphasized. Meaningful internships, a Mac Lab with state-of-the-art software, a student-run newspaper, and a capstone experience will build your critical thinking skills and prepare you for graduate school or exciting careers in areas such as journalism, advertising, and public relations. The Communication faculty believe in a robust learning environment where we exchange ideas to create and analyze messages in a mutually respectful and encouraging atmosphere.
Communication Major Internships
Internship experiences are an essential part of the Communication program to help students transition from the classroom to the professional setting. Students are encouraged to seek full-time internships during the summer or may choose to do part-time, local internships as part of their semester coursework.
- Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV
- Capital Connections Southwest, Richmond, VA
- Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
- WVVA, Bluefield, WV
- ESPN Radio, Bluefield, WV
- Dori Wilson Public Relations, Chicago, IL
- Clinch Valley Press, Richlands, VA
Communication Major Outcomes
Communication is among the fastest changing fields of study. Digital communication is transforming nearly every part of our lives including how we connect, organize, collaborate, create, publish, think, govern, solve problems, and make sense of our world and ourselves. The Communication faculty is constantly updating curriculum to help students be more active consumers and creators of media in our global village of shared information.
- Advertising Account Executive
- Marketing Specialist
- Newspaper, Magazine, or Book Editor
- Public Relations Manager
- Sports Marketer
Positions Held by Alumni
- Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Sports Reporter
- Chick-fil-a, Local Marketing Director
- Compassion International, Features Specialist
- Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Visitor Services Specialist
- Thomasville Times, Sports Editor
- WVVA, Weather Reporter and Multimedia Journalist
- Longwood University, Admissions Counselor
Graduate Schools Attended
- Pennsylvania State University
- Xavier University
- Boucher College
- Liberty University
Clubs and Organizations
The Rampage Club - This student organization manages and contributes articles to the online student newspaper, The Rampage.
Cynthia L. Bascom
Professor of Communication and Chair of Departments of Communication and Graphic Communication