Communication

A liberal arts degree in communication prepares students for a variety of career options in media, film, public relations, journalism, business, and nonprofit organizations.

The field of communication has a long and prominent intellectual history as one of the oldest liberal arts. It dates back to ancient Greece where rhetoric was essential for participation in civic life. In the more than two thousand years since, the field has expanded to study many kinds of human communication phenomena in various contexts such as media, culture, and relationships.

Students pursuing a degree in communication will acquire a broad and deep understanding of communication theory; the ability to engage in informed criticism and analysis of communication acts and artifacts; develop critical thinking skills; and learn to practice effective communication. At Wesleyan students study communication from a liberal arts perspective, learn in small classes, and have considerable access to their professors.

Major: Communication
Minor: Communication
Related Major: Advertising and Marketing Communication
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Seychelle Hercules

Seychelle '18 is triple majoring in international business, business administration, and communication. She says that Wesleyan is helping her find the right combination of classes, leadershop roles, and experiences to achieve her goal of becoming a public relations manager. Seychelle is currently serving as Miss Columbus 2017.

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Ronnie Deng

Ronnie Deng ‘17 is majoring in communication and AMC and minoring in business and Spanish. Recently she interned as a production and director assistant for a TV station in China. Ronnie’s dream is to be a film or TV producer in the U.S. and focus on the media’s representation of minorities.

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ASHAUNTI SAMMS

Ashaunti is a double major in theatre and English with a minor in communication. During the summer, she interned as a tech assistant for the New Grove African Theatre and aspires to be in the entertainment industry as a writer and actor.

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A liberal arts education prepares you for your first job and your last. Wesleyan has a four-year plan to prepare students to make the connection between a liberal arts education and success in the workplace.

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Majors

Majors

Wesleyan offers 28 majors and 30 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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By learning critical thinking, students can apply their knowledge to a variety of professions.

We provide students with a broad overview of communication from a liberal arts perspective that enables them to pursue their areas of interest. Students also have enjoyed directed independent research on topics such as:

  • How corporations use social media to communicate with their customers
  • Use of social media by independent film producers
  • Television programs such as Game of Thrones
  • Rhetorical techniques of investor relations professionals
  • Persuasive techniques for fundraising in nonprofit organizations
  • Starbucks “Meet Me at Starbucks” branding campaign
  • Analysis of LGBT identity & the evolution of the queer political/social movements
  • Analysis of the representation of Asian American's in television
     

Communication class discusses social media strategies for communicating.

 

Outside The Classroom

Communication majors have interned at CNN, local television stations, hospitals, law offices, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Communication students also have opportunities for study abroad and to present their papers at academic conferences.

 

 

Wesleyan Women In Communication Careers

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M. ELIZABETH HUGHES ’06

Magna cum laude communications major M. Elizabeth lives in Hollywood and has earned a reputation as a leading producer in the film and television industry. Her films have premiered and won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, amassing a remarkable film repertoire in a very short time.

alumnae KATELIN ADAMS ELLIOTT ’14 smiles for the camera

KATELIN ADAMS ELLIOTT ’14

At Wesleyan, Katelin served as an on-campus intern for the College’s traveling art exhibition Masterworks On the Move. Today she is a freelance marketing consultant and real estate agent. “At Wesleyan I gained experience and knowledge in many different areas of study which better prepared me for life after college.”

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Alaina Avera Harrison ’12

Alaina, a Mary Knox McNeill Scholar, earned majors in advertising and marketing communication and communication, and minors in studio art and art history. Since earning her master’s from Candler School of Theology at Emory, Alaina has served as minister to women at Wesleyan Foundation of Macon.

 

Wesleyan Communication Majors have Entered graduate programs across america:
 

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, Mercer University School of Law, Visual Communication Design Program at Arizona State University, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University


Wesleyan communication graduates have careers such as:

 

  • associate at an investor relations and strategic communication firm
  • independent film and television producer
  • assistant director of special events for a university school of public health
  • attorney in private practice specializing in immigration law
  • software engineer for a financial start-up company
  • designer assistant for a design and printing company
  • apparel designer for a major national retailer
  • minister to women for a religious foundation
  • director of communications for a software company
  • web content and social media strategist for a company or college

VALUABLE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS COMMUNICATION MAJORS LEARN

SPOKEN COMMUNICATION

Most employers say the ability to speak clearly in a public context with confidence and clarity is more important than the undergraduate major.

WRITING SKILLS

The ability to write effectively is one of the most important factors an employer considers in their hiring process. It’s the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged.

CONDUct Research

The ability to conduct research is a valuable skill to take into any profession or volunteer situation.

GROUP COMMUNICATION

The ability to work effectively with a group of peers to produce desired results through teamwork.

THINK ANALYTICALly

The ability to make decisions is an asset to an employer. Decision-making and reasoning involve gathering information, evaluating a variety of solutions, and selecting the best option.

BE EFFECTIVE LEADers

Identifying a reasonable number of priorities that will have the greatest possible impact on the success of your organization.

David A. Bobbitt
Associate Professor of Communication (478) 757-5151 Profile
Deidra Donmoyer
Associate Professor of Communication (478) 757-5208 Profile

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Of the student population at Wesleyan is international

29

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

90%

Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields

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