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Communication Studies

Programs of Study

Communication Studies professor

Dr. Siobahn Stiles

Major:

  • Communication Studies

Minors:

  • Communication Studies
  • Professional Communication

The Communication Studies programs of study are part of the Department of Communication Studies and Psychology.

Why Huntingdon?

orientation students walking on the GreenHuntingdon’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 science approaches to provide students with many ways of analyzing and understanding communication. Communication Studies major coursework covers subjects such as the effects of media on society; interpersonal communication; theories of communication; rhetorical theory and criticism; and public relations. 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:

  • Abundant professional internship opportunities in the capital city.
  • Travel/study in your senior year through the Huntingdon Plan, which also includes a laptop computer and books and information resources provided within regular costs.
  • The Hobbs Honors Program and Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society.
  • Flexibility to accommodate a second major.
  • Superior placement rates into graduate programs or employment.

Communication at Work

Speaking, writing, relational communication 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. Huntingdon offers real world learning through:

  • Internships in settings such as sport media, public relations, broadcasting, church media, political organizations or offices, and non-profit organizations.
  • The Senior Capstone project—a culminating experience in the major.
  • Opportunities to present at state, regional, and national conferences.
  • On-campus colloquies, lectures, salons, and mini-conferences allowing exploration of special topics.

Facilities

The James W. Wilson Center and Flowers Hall on the College’s main campus house the Communication Studies program, with facilities for small group meetings, guest speakers, interactive media, and professional presentations.

Faculty

Alumni

Hope Posmituck, Class of 2017Huntingdon 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.