- Media Studies
- Professional Communication
Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.
The programs of study in Communication Studies are part of the Department of Business, Communication Studies, and Psychology.
Huntingdon's Communication Studies program focuses on students’ understanding of the elements involved with both how and why humans communicate the way they do in various contexts. The major covers both rhetorical and social scientific studies to provide students with many ways of analyzing and understanding communication. Communication Studies major course work covers subjects such as the effects of communication by media on society; interpersonal communication; communication and persuasion theories; rhetorical theory and criticism; public relations; and public communication. A strong liberal arts core curriculum places special emphasis on the development and mastery of critical thinking and analysis skills.
The knowledge and skills gained through the Huntingdon Communication Studies major provide a framework for graduate study or for careers in sales and marketing, public relations, promotion, event planning, media, business, and a number of other fields. Special features include:
- Broad studies in communication prepare for careers in a wide range of areas
- Strong liberal arts core curriculum includes critical thinking and analysis skills
- Flexibility to accommodate a second major
- Opportunities to participate in Huntingdon's Honors Core, Honors Program, or Departmental Honors
- Senior Capston course and project
- Opportunities to gain resume-worthy experience through internships
Communication at Work
Speaking, writing, communicating with others, and teamwork are all success skills fostered in the Communication Studies major. The knowledge you gain in the classroom will be reinforced by hands-on learning experiences in the major. Huntingdon offers real world learning through:
- Internships in a variety of settings—from sports information to organizational communication, journalism to broadcasting
- Senior Capstone project—a culminating experience in the major
- Lambda Pi Eta honorary
- Travel and study during the junior or senior year
- Opportunities to present at state, regional, and national meetings
The James W. Wilson Center on the College’s main campus houses the Communication Studies program, and includes facilities for small group meetings, guest speakers, interactive media, and professional presentations.
- Lynn M. Disbrow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
- John H. Saunders, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Huntingdon Communication Studies graduates are working in corporate and non-profit public relations, advertising, and communications and in media relations, broadcasting, sports information, organizational communication, politics, and journalism. Placement rates far exceed national averages.