“ Rooted in the social science perspective, the Department of Communication Studies is committed to preparing students to be competent communicators at theoretical and applied levels. Thus, our faculty is dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking, reasoning, and decision-making skills with the intent of empowering students to construct and deliver context-specific messages in their relational, vocational, and community endeavors.” OUR MISSION:
Undergraduate Program Goals In recent years the faculty has tried to answer the question, “What should Communication Studies majors know when they’ve finished a degree?” The response to this question has two levels. The first level consists of cognitive goals. These constitute general objectives that relate to the comprehension and understanding of materials relevant to human communication. The second level consists of applied goals that follow directly from the cognitive objectives.
What does the WVU Communication Studies Department have to offer?
The Department of Communication Studies offers the B.A., the M.A., and the Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies. The graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies is well known, at both the regional and national level, for accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.
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 the minor can be used to meet WVU LSP requirements.
A minor consists of 15 hours of course work in the following specified areas: A. YOU MUST TAKE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING : COMM 100 + 102, COMM 103, COMM 104, COMM 105, COMM 112, or COMM 122 (6 hours total)* B. YOU MUST TAKE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING THREE CLASSES: COMM 306, COMM 308, or COMM 316 (6 hours total) C. YOU MUST TAKE ONE ADDITIONAL 3 CREDIT HOUR COMM COURSE THAT IS “300 OR 400” LEVEL (NOT COMM 490) (3 hours total). * You can substitute a 300 or 400 level COMM course for a 100 level COMM course.
FAQ For Minor: Do I need to take a foreign language? No, unless your major department or college requires it. 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. Keep in mind that you need that to graduate from WVU. How do I declare my minor? You need to see your academic advisor PLEASE CONTACT ANDREA WEBER ATacweber@mail.wvu.edu OR BY PHONE, 304.293.3905
How do I become a Communication Studies Major?
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES Application for Admission to Major In order to be eligible for consideration as a major in Communication Studies, the following criteria must be met at the end of the current term: 1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. 2. Students must complete COMM 200 or COMM 201 with a combined GPA of 2.5 or better. A student must earn no less than a C in either COMM 200 and COMM 201, and no less then a B in the other. 3. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 in all previous COMM classes.
I’ve made my choice! I’m going to be a COMM Major!
You must meet with a Comm Studies Advisor to lift your advising hold. Spring, 2012 Registration Dates Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - Disabilities, Athletes, Honors Seniors Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - Honors Juniors Thursday, November 3, 2011 - Honors Sophomores Friday, November 4, 2011 - Honors Freshmen Monday, November 7, 2011 - Seniors Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - Juniors Friday, November 11, 2011 - Sophomores Monday, November 14, 2011 - Freshmen
Just curious… What are the benefits of a Communication Studies Minor?
Communication skills are consistently among the most sought after skills in the workplace. No matter what your major is, communication will be an important aspect of your job. A minor allows you to formally document your knowledge of human communication. In addition, most of the courses required for the minor can be used to meet WVU LSP requirements.
On my way to Morgantown! Move in day at WVU!
Saying goodbye was much harder than expected…
TO: MOM I miss you already! I love you! Love, your Mountaineer
TO: DAD My first day of classes! Check this out!
TO: MOM I thought you would enjoy this.. My first time on the PRT- on my way to COMM 105!
TO: DAD My first COMM class and professor! lol
Mom, I’m loving WVU! I am especially enjoying my COMMUNICATION CLASSES! My professors are awesome! [email_address] MOM
Checking out WVU’s COMM Facebook Page! Pretty Sweet!
TO: MOM I’m looking forward to having fun with the COMM Department! Check out their Facebook page! On to class now!
Hey friend! My Advisor was talking about Lambda Pi Eta. What is it?
LAMBDA PI ETA is a National Communication Honors Society
LAMBDA PI ETA was established in 1985 and was brought to WVU in 2002. There are 250 chapters nationwide It is recognized in the Association for College Honor Societies
<ul><li>Lambda Pi Eta Requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants must have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60 total credit hours (sophomore standing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 hours in Communication Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3.0 overall GPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3.25 GPA in Comm Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There is a one time lifetime membership fee </li></ul>
<ul><li>LAMBDA PI ETA BASICS </li></ul><ul><li>Each chapter has an advisor, a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is a great opportunity for leadership positions and to make a difference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applications are available at the WVU Communication Studies website or room 108 Armstrong Hall. </li></ul>
<ul><li>LAMBDA PI ETA ACTIVITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selling t-shirts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trunk or Treat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteering at The Shack </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tutoring fellow Communication Studies members in Comm 200 and 201 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Lambda Pi Eta Bonuses </li></ul><ul><li>Spring initiation ceremony at the Waterfront Place Hotel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get to know faculty and other members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Looks great on job applications </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate and cord for graduation </li></ul>
I wonder what other people think about the WVU Comm Department…. Hmmm….
I believe the Capstone course alone helped me secure the position through interview practice and resume building. It has helped me identify and deal with different personality types. helped improve communication skills I’m in sales so I think Comm Studies played a large role . I was prepared to own my own business How did Communication Studies help the Alumni? Higher level of thinking and questioning. The Capstone course alone helped me secure the position through interview practice and resume building. It has helped me identify and deal with different personality types. helped improve communication skills I’m in sales so I think Comm Studies played a large role . I was prepared to own my own business How did Communication Studies help the Alumni?
Alexandria Kincaid ‘07 “ I will remember my internship experience for the rest of my life. The organizational and communication skills I learned as well as the networks I made will prove to be valuable throughout graduate school and my future career.”
Meagan Birmingham ’08 “ Becoming a communication studies major has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Overall it has made me more confident in my abilities when venturing out into the working world and allowed me the opportunity to learn about myself and grow as an individual so that I am prepared for a variety of ‘real world’ situations.”
Communication Studies for Now and in the future!
Advice from Graduating Communication Studies Major: Get to know your professors. Talk to them after class. See them during office hours.
Advice from Graduating Communication Studies Major: Keep everything! Papers, projects, workbooks for future classes and your portfolio!
Do your internship early. Do two if possible Advice from Graduating Communication Studies Major: Do your internship early. Do two if possible
Get work experience related to what you want to do when you graduate. Advice from Graduating Communication Studies Major: Get work experience related to what you want to do when you graduate.
These are details skills learned during my time at WVU. Some skills that were used in all positions throughout my career. ~Katherine Thweatt
Does anyone know the role of my academic advisor?
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.
The Department of Communication Studies has three faculty advisors: Dr. John Shibley, Dr. Andrea Weber Ms. Nikki Loy Their job is counsel/advise you on the rules, regulations, and courses that are necessary for the completion of a degree.
I need some information about WVU’s Career Services. Help!
What does WVU Career Services do? [email_address] [email_address]
-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! WVU Career Services
PROFESSIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE Professional Field Experience requires students to spend 144 hours working in a professional environment. The reason it is called a Professional Field Experience is because the goal is to allow Communication Studies students experience in their field of interest.
All students are required to complete three credit hours of Comm 491. In most cases, the most relevant form of experience for Communication Studies careers is an internship. However, if you are interested in research-perhaps continuing on to graduate school, you may work on a research project. You must make sure your project is first approved by Andrea Weber.
Do I have to register for my Professional Field Experience?
Yes ! You must be registered for three credit hours of COMM 491 during the semester in which you complete your internship. You also need permission from PFE Coordinator (108 Armstrong Hall) to obtain permission to register. Permission can be obtained by providing a job description on letterhead for the organization you wish to work to the PFE Coordinator. three
I wonder how many hours I have to work for my internship…
You need to work a total of 144 hours in your Professional Field Experience in order to earn three credit hours of 491 (what is required for graduation). This averages to about 9 hours a week for an entire semester.
I did an internship this summer. Can I count that?
No! We do not allow internships to count retroactively. This is why it is so important for you to get your internship approved prior to completing it.
How do I obtain a Professional Field Experience/Internship?
There are a number of ways you can obtain an internship. You may get one on your own or through the Department of Communication Studies.
History of the Field of Communication Studies Communication Studies is descended from the ancient field of rhetoric. Defined by Aristotle as “knowing in each case, the available means of persuasion,” rhetoric was treated as an art form. This conceptualization persisted for the next 2400 years until the early 1900’s. At that point, scholars in this field began to wonder what the field had actually accomplished in all that time
Go to: http://communicationstudies.wvu.edu/ And check out the Masters programs! You can choose to work and get your Masters degree in a little as 2 years!
M.A. Corporate and Organizational Communication Providing flexibility, classes typically include both Friday evening and all day Saturday on two weekends and an online component. Students complete 36 hours of coursework usually over two years. Upon completion of coursework and a comprehensive exam, students are awarded the degree. Program Coordinator: Dr Danielle Dolin-Bane [email_address] More information can be found at: bit.ly/wvucorporatema
M.A. Instructional Communication Classes are taught four weeks each summer in Charleston, Clarksburg, Parkersburg, and Wheeling. The program is designed for the professional educator who is employed full-time in the education setting. Students complete 36 hours of coursework usually over two years. Upon completion of coursework and a comprehensive exam, students are awarded the degree. Program Coordinator: Dr Matt Martin [email_address] http://communicationstudies.wvu.edu/ m_a_instructional_extended_learning
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 email@example.com Check the program out at : http://communicationstudies.wvu. edu/m_a_theory_and_research
Ph.D., Communication Studies 2012-2013 Deadline
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 [email_address] Check out: http://communicationstudies. wvu.edu/phd