Department of Communication FAQ's

  1. What do you do in class? Do you only write papers and give speeches?
    While being able to write and speak effectively are key learning outcomes of the major, it is a common misconception that writing and presenting is all that you will do. The Communication major offers a lot of real world experiences and connects concepts that you will explore in the classroom to current social and cultural dialogues, issues in society, and projects that reflect knowledge learned. Students engage in both individual and group projects that take the form of presentations, media creation projects, written assignments, and more. These projects promote teamwork, innovation, creativity, and critical thinking, which are all skills needed in life after graduation. Communication classes help build relationships among students because of encouraged collaboration both in and out of the classroom. Communication provides a hands-on learning experience and prepares graduates with skills that students will use every day in their future careers.

  2. But what specifically might I do or create in Communication classes or as part of the Communication major that will help me in the future?
    Students in Communication classes create a variety of different projects. For example, you may create your own digital photography portfolio which highlights your use of aesthetic meaning and photographic techniques. Or you might create your own social media campaign that includes blogs, websites, photographs, and videos. Or you might perform a real world example of supportive communication climates or conflict management techniques. Or you may produce, direct, and/or star in your own video that highlights intercultural communication concepts such as co-cultural theory and power or common stereotypes. And to enhance your classroom experiences, students complete an internship/community service portfolio.

  3. What if I have already taken college credits or want to change my major to Communication? Am I too late to make that decision?
    Absolutely not! Communication is one of the most transferred into programs at WJU. Once you observe what Communication majors are doing in their classes, you’ll want to experience the Communication field too. You can begin in your sophomore or even junior year, since courses are offered on a 2-year rotation. Most courses do not require a prerequisite, making it easier to take courses at any point in your college careers.

  4. I like my major, but can I minor in Communication?
    We offer a minor in Communication that gives a great overview of the field of Communication. Courses include: Principles of Communication; Media and Culture; Argumentation & Debate OR Race, Gender, & Class in Media; plus three courses of your own choosing. And if you ever decide you do want to become a major, all of these courses count toward the major requirements as well. Moreover many students also become dual Communication majors with popular majors such as Business, Criminal Justice, English, International Studies, Psychology, and Simulation Technology and Game Design.