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A journey through the WVU COMM Studies degree - Updated 1 March 2012


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Take a journey through WVU's Department of Communication Studies, from freshman day to final exam of senior year!

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A journey through the WVU COMM Studies degree - Updated 1 March 2012

  1. 1. Just got myacceptance letter! I’m a Mountaineer!!!
  2. 2. WVU here I come! Now I just have to pick a major.hmm ….
  3. 3. WVU Programs of Study
  4. 4. I think a degree inCommunicationStudies would befun!
  5. 5. WVU Communication Studies
  6. 6. B.A. in Communication Studies Communication is a liberal studies degree. It includes a variety of types of knowledge and ways of thinking. Students of communication are interested in all aspects of humancommunication. While human communication is unique and varied, there is also much about it that is routine and predictable.
  7. 7. Undergraduate Program GoalsIn recent years the facultyhas tried to answer thequestion, “What shouldCommunication Studiesmajors know when they’vefinished a degree?”
  8. 8. Intended Learning Outcomes:Outcome 1: Describe the major theories of humancommunication and apply them to various contexts.Outcome 2: Critique communication messages from a socialscience perspective.Outcome 3: Cite evidence of the impact of communication onhuman behavior in interpersonal and/or organizational contexts.Outcome 4: Identify and describe the functions of media in ademocratic society.Outcome 5: Investigate the role of verbal and nonverbalmessages in the human communication process.
  9. 9. Intended Learning Outcomes:Outcome 6: Examine the relationship between communication andculture.Outcome 7: Design and evaluate effective strategies for socialinfluence.Outcome 8: Examine ethical issues in various communicationcontexts.Outcome 9: Evaluate social science criteria to examinecommunication research.Outcome 10: Analyze the role of communication in conflict andconflict management.
  10. 10. The Department ofCommunication Studies offers the B.A., the M.A., and the Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies.
  11. 11. The graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies is well known, at both the regional and nationallevel, for accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.
  12. 12. How do I become aCommunicationStudies Major?
  13. 13. WVU Communication Studies Major Requirements
  14. 14. DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIESApplication for Admission to MajorIn order to be eligible for consideration as a major in CommunicationStudies, the following criteria must be met at the end of the currentterm:1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.2. Students must complete COMM 200 or COMM 201 with acombined GPA of 2.5 or better. A student must earn no less than aC in either COMM 200 and COMM 201, and no less then a B in theother.3. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 in all previous COMMclasses.
  15. 15. I’ve made my choice! I’m going to be a COMM Major!
  16. 16. When can I registerfor Summer andFall 2012 classes?
  17. 17. You must meet with a Comm Studies Advisor to lift your advising hold. Summer & Fall, 2012 Registration DatesMonday, March 19 - Disabilities, Athletes, Honors SeniorsTuesday March 20 - Honors JuniorsWednesday March 21- Honors SophomoresThursday March 22- Honors FreshmenTuesday April 3- SeniorsThursday April 5- JuniorsMonday April 9- SophomoresWednesday April 11- Freshmen
  18. 18. Just curious… Whatare the benefits ofa CommunicationStudies Minor?
  19. 19. WVU Communication Studies Minor Benefits
  20. 20. Communication skills are consistentlyamong the most sought after skills in theworkplace. No matter what your major is,communication will be an importantaspect of your job. A minor allows you toformally document your knowledge ofhuman communication. In addition, mostof the courses required for the minor canbe used to meet WVU LSP requirements.
  21. 21. What is a Minor in Communication Studies A minor allows you to formally document your knowledge of human communication. In addition, most of the courses required for theminor can be used to meet WVU LSP requirements.
  22. 22. A minor consists of 15 hours of coursework in the following specified areas:A. YOU MUST TAKE TWO OF THEFOLLOWING: COMM 100 + 102, COMM103, COMM 104, COMM 105, COMM 112,or COMM 122 (6 hours total)*A 300- or 400-level COMM course may be substitutedfor one 100 level course in this categoryB. YOU MUST TAKE TWO OF THEFOLLOWING THREE CLASSES: COMM 306,COMM 308, or COMM 316 (6 hours total)C. ONE ADDITIONAL 3-CREDIT 300- OR400-LEVEL COMM COURSE, EXCLUDINGCOMM490. (3 hours total)
  23. 23. FAQ For Minor:• What is the Communication Studies Minor Code? U001• Do I need to take a foreign language? No• What GPA do I need to minor in Communication Studies? You will need to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation.• How do I declare my minor? You need to see your academic advisor PLEASE CONTACT ANDREA WEBER OR BY PHONE, 304.293.3905
  24. 24. On my way to Morgantown! Move in day at WVU! 
  25. 25. Saying goodbye was much harderthan expected… 
  26. 26. TO: MOMI miss you already!I love you!Love, your Mountaineer
  27. 27. TO: DADMy first day of classes! Checkthis out! 
  28. 28. TO: MOMI thought you would enjoy this.. My first timeon the PRT- on my way to COMM 105!
  29. 29. TO: DADMy first COMM class and professor! lol
  30. 30. MOMMom,I’m loving WVU! I am especially enjoying myCOMMUNICATION CLASSES! My professors are awesome!
  31. 31. Checking out WVU’s COMM website and Facebook!Pretty Sweet!
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  33. 33.!/wvucommstudies
  34. 34. Hey friend! My Advisorwas talking aboutLambda Pi Eta. What isit?
  35. 35. LAMBDA PI ETAis a National Communication Honors Society
  36. 36. LAMBDA PI ETA was establishedin 1985 and was brought toWVU in 2002.There are 250 chaptersnationwideIt is recognized in theAssociation for College HonorSocieties
  37. 37. How do I become amember ofLambda Pi Eta?
  38. 38. Lambda Pi Eta Requirements:Applicants must have: 60 total credit hours (sophomore standing) 12 hours in Communication Studies 3.0 overall GPA 3.25 GPA in Comm StudiesThere is a one time lifetime membership fee
  39. 39. LAMBDA PI ETA BASICSEach chapter has an advisor, a president, vicepresident, secretary, and treasurer It is a great opportunity for leadership positions and to make a differenceApplications are available at the WVUCommunication Studies website or room 108Armstrong Hall.
  40. 40. WVU Lambda Pi Eta Activities
  41. 41. LAMBDA PI ETA ACTIVITIESFundraising Selling t-shirtsCommunity Service Trunk or Treat Volunteering at The ShackTutoring fellow Communication Studies members in Comm 200 and 201
  42. 42. Lambda Pi Eta BonusesSpring initiation ceremony at theWaterfront Place Hotel Free food Get to know faculty and other membersLooks great on job applicationsCertificate and cord for graduation
  43. 43. I wonder what other people think about the WVUComm Department…. Hmmm….
  44. 44. The Capstone course I believe the Capstone course alone helpedme secure thethe alone helped me secure I’m in sales positionthrough interview position through interview so I think Comm practice and resume building. practice and resume building. Studies played a large role.Higher level of thinkingand questioning. helped improve How did Communication communication skills Studies help the Alumni? I was prepared to own my own business It has helped me identify and deal with different personality types.
  45. 45. Communication Studies forNow and in the future!
  46. 46. Advice from Graduating CommunicationStudies Major: Get to know your professors. Talk tothem after class. See them during officehours.
  47. 47. Advice from Graduating CommunicationStudies Major:Keep everything! Papers, projects,workbooks for future classes and yourportfolio!
  48. 48. Advice from Graduating CommunicationStudies Major:Do your internship early. Do two ifpossibleDo your internship early. Do two if possible
  49. 49. Advice from GraduatingCommunication StudiesMajor: Get work experience related to what you Get work experiencerelated to what you you graduate. want to do whenwant to do when yougraduate.
  50. 50. • US • Teaching Government Positions Data Analysis, Teaching, Content, Professional Departmental Relationships, Participation, IRB, Hiring, Assessment, Methodology, Statistics, Measurement, Report Problem Solving, Preparation, Content Thinking Analysis, People Management, Program Course Coordination, development, Protocol Methodology, Publication, Planning, Development, Manuscript Hiring, IRB Procedures, Collegiality, Preparation, Manuscript Data Analysis, Programming (SAS Submission, Data Assessment, made SQL Easy), Data Structure, Documentation, Argumentation, Database Establishment, Conference Attendance, Understanding Variables, Presentations, Conference Professional Relationship Participation, Communicating with Maintenance, Research,• Private Measurement, Data Querying Anyone, Confidence to Apply skills in Health Care Environment, Self-Report • U.S. Sector Development, Training GovernmentThese are details skills learned during my time at WVU. Some skills thatwere used in all positions throughout my career. ~Katherine Thweatt
  51. 51. WVU Advising
  52. 52. Does anyone know the role of my academic advisor?
  53. 53. Your advisors are there to answer your questions, help solve your problems, and in some cases act as an advocate for you when dealing with problems. They are not there to schedule your classes or get you into closed classes, and they are not responsible for your errors.
  54. 54. I need some information aboutWVU’s Career Services. Help!
  55. 55. Career Services-304-293-2221phone
  56. 56. help@wvu.eduWhat does WVU Career Services do?
  57. 57. WVU Career Services -Assists students in finding jobs after college.-Assists students in finding the field of study they are interested in.-Hold career fairs to help employers find future job prospects. … and MUCH MORE!
  58. 58. What is a Professional Field Experience?
  59. 59. History of the Field of Communication StudiesCommunication Studies is descended from the ancient field ofrhetoric. Defined by Aristotle as “knowing in each case, theavailable means of persuasion,” rhetoric was treated as an artform. This conceptualization persisted for the next 2400 yearsuntil the early 1900’s. At that point, scholars in this field beganto wonder what the field had actually accomplished in all thattime
  60. 60. I wonder if I have to do aninternship…
  61. 61. All students are required to complete three credit hours of Comm491. In most cases, the most relevant form of experience forCommunication Studies careers is an internship. However, if you areinterested in research-perhaps continuing on to graduate school, youmay work on a research project. You must make sure your project isfirst approved by Andrea Weber.
  62. 62. Do I have to register for my Professional Field Experience?
  63. 63. Yes! You must be registered forthree credit hours of COMM 491during the semester in which youcomplete your internship. You alsoneed permission from PFECoordinator (108 Armstrong Hall) toobtain permission to register.Permission can be obtained byproviding a job description onletterhead for the organization youwish to work to the PFE Coordinator.three
  64. 64. I wonder how many hours I have to work for myinternship…
  65. 65. PROFESSIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE Professional Field Experience requires students to spend 144 hours working in a professional environment in order to earnthree credit hours of 491 (what is required forgraduation). This averages to about 9 hours a week for an entire semester.
  66. 66. I did an internship this summer. Can I count that?
  67. 67. No! We do not allow internshipsto count retroactively. This iswhy it is so important for youto get your internshipapproved prior to completingit.
  68. 68. How do I obtain a Professional Field Experience/Internship?
  69. 69. There are a number of ways you canobtain an internship. You may get oneon your own or through theDepartment of CommunicationStudies.
  70. 70. Being a Comm Major and Mountaineer ROCKS!!!!
  71. 71. Now that I have my B.A. in Communication Studies…What do I do now?
  72. 72. Go to: check out the Masters programs! You can choose to work and get your Masters degree in a little as 2 years!
  73. 73. M.A. Corporate and Organizational CommunicationProviding flexibility, classes typically includeboth Friday evening and all day Saturday ontwo weekends and an online component.Students complete 36 hours of courseworkusually over two years. Upon completion ofcoursework and a comprehensive exam,students are awarded the degree. Program Coordinator: Dr Danielle Dolin-Bane More information can be found at:
  74. 74. M.A. Instructional CommunicationClasses are taught four weeks each summer in Charleston, Clarksburg,Parkersburg, and Wheeling. The program is designed for the professionaleducator who is employed full-time in the education setting.Students complete 36 hours of coursework usually over two years. Uponcompletion of coursework and a comprehensive exam, students areawarded the degree. Program Coordinator: Dr Matt Martin instructional-communication
  75. 75. M.A. Communication & Research One Year, On-Campus Master’s Program 2012-2013 The deadline for application for admission is April 2, 2012 Contact: Dr. Keith Weber kaweber98@yahoo.com
  76. 76. Ph.D., Communication Studies 2012-2013 Deadline
  77. 77. Ph.D., Communication Studies 2012-2013 The deadline for application for admission for the 2012-2013 academic year is February 3, 2012. Contact Dr. Rebecca Chory Rebecca.chory@mail.wvu.edu
  78. 78. THE DAILY Communication Studies in the News! - 2011-2012
  79. 79. THE DAILY Communication Studies in the News! - 2011-2012
  80. 80. THE DAILY Communication Studies in the News! - 2011-2012
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