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Communication

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bob and Cora May Howe Communication Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication relies on an interdisciplinary curriculum, drawing from the theoretical and empirical approaches traditionally found in the humanities, social sciences and business. The Communication major provides students with a dynamic and comprehensive understanding of the nature of human communication, from interpersonal to mass communication, and the skills to evaluate and create effective messages for diverse audiences in various cultural contexts. In other words, the Communication major is a generalist approach for studying the symbol systems of communication, the cultures or environments within and through which communication occurs, the media used to communicate messages/concepts, and the effects of those mediated messages. The bachelor’s degree in Communication is a great choice for students who have strong verbal and written skills, are generally curious and creative, and would like to teach, inform, or persuade.

Communication majors are prepared for a broad range of career choices, including work as a communication specialist in advertising, advocacy, human resources, journalism, law, politics, public relations/publicity, publishing, research and development, sales and marketing, or technical writing. Students may also pursue graduate study in those areas and others.

Communication majors have the opportunity to pursue diverse subjects in different academic divisions. The Communication major offers courses that share academic/disciplinary interests across Southern Vermont College. Students can focus the Communication major in areas such as business communication, cultural communication, healthcare communication, and new media. Students will discuss potential areas of focus with advisors, typically putting together a plan in the sophomore year of study.

In addition to receiving a broad theoretical and empirical foundation, Communication majors also complete one internship before graduation. Internships provide students with opportunities to apply theory and research and put them into practice for companies and organizations beyond the classroom.

Communication Program Objectives

Graduates in Communication will be able to:
1. Demonstrate critical thinking;
2. Demonstrate research abilities;
3. Demonstrate competence in professional communication practices; and
4. Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio.

Communication Major Portfolio Requirement

In the required Humanities Capstone course, which is part of the College’s General Core, Communication majors  compile a portfolio of their best work completed during their educational career. This compilation will demonstrate  proficiency in Communication and exemplify the skills mastered during their years at Southern Vermont College. This portfolio should also meet students’ career needs, whether they are headed to graduate school or directly into the job market.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements (12 courses)

Communication Major (11 courses)
Cm101 Fundamentals of Communication
Cm204 Writing for the Media
Cm270 New Media Production
Cm375 Editing and Publication Design
Cm403 Media and Culture
Hu495 Humanities Internship

One of the following:   
Cm345 Public and Political Communication
Cm350 Interpersonal Communication
Cm360 Organizational Communication
Cm420 Topics in Communication

Four courses in specialty area 
May include courses from Cm and related fields.
Must receive approval of advisor and Division Chair.
At least two of four must be at 300 or 400 level.

General Electives (9 courses) 

Recommended Program Sequence
Students in this degree program will work closely with their academic advisors to create an individualized program sequence.

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