Undergraduate Contact Information

Communication Program

Dr. Steven D. Koski
Program Chairperson
Santa Maria Hall
Third Floor
Room 3 J

Phone: (973) 290-4327
Email: skoski@cse.edu



Overview & Mission

Communication skills are essential to sharing information. The communication program is dedicated to fostering understanding among individuals and groups, within communities and across societies. The program is sensitive to protecting robust individual freedom in the Information Age as well as to promoting responsible communication. It recognizes that both individuals and organizations play essential roles as information consumers and producers.

MAJOR

The Bachelor of Arts in communication prepares students with significant life skills as well as for a broad range of careers. The communication major helps students develop oral, written, visual communication abilities along with the knowledge of computer technology required throughout business and government. An important goal of the program is to graduate students who have well-developed critical thinking ability essential for pursuing many 21st century careers, but especially a career as a communication professional.

The communication major features specializations in mass communication and public relations, but students interested in a more general communication preparation may decide not to declare a specialization by combing communication course to meet their personal career objectives.

MINOR

The communication program also offers a flexible 20-credit minor in communication.

A student may apply to become a communication major by obtaining an application from the program chair.



Student Outcomes

Students completing the major in communication are equipped with the experience and education to succeed in a broad variety of professional careers because of the major's emphasis on a liberal arts education that features strong oral, written and visual communication skills, along with a working knowledge of communication technologies. These careers include any profession that values highly-developed communication expertise. A communication degree is essential for professions in public relations, advertising, and print or electronic mass media.

The communication major stresses competencies in ...

  • Oral communication as represented by students' ability to articulate the purpose and rationale for their senior project, explain its methodology and articulate their outcomes.
  • Written communication as represented by students' ability to plan, write and revise a substantive thesis-length project paper supported by evidence from library documents and other secondary sources.
  • Visual communication as represented by students' ability to design and construct a presentation poster in which they appropriately apply accepted principles of composition, semiotics, cognitive elements, image aesthetics and visual cues to convey information about their project and its outcomes.
  • Communication technology as represented by students' ability to use digital media as a tool to support the oral, written and visual communication outcomes of the capstone experience.

Mass Communication Specialization

Majors in the mass communication specialization achieve all of the outcomes listed for the communication major, plus demonstrate the ability to ...

  • Apply the techniques and strategies of journalistic writing and editing where appropriate – standard grammar, punctuation and spelling and Associated Press style – to all forms of written content for mass audiences.
  • Evaluate the suitability of information content for a mass audience on the basis of its news value and for its compliance with accepted ethical and legal media practices.
  • Create original, factual, text-based content, and compelling visual stories using still and motion-imaging technology, and professional quality information "packages" for distribution to mass audiences.

Public Relations Specialization

Majors in the public relations specialization achieve all of the outcomes for the communication major, plus demonstrate the ability to:

  • Locate, synthesize, and evaluate information from relevant print, electronic, and human sources.
  • Understand and utilize oral, written and visual public relations tools needed to communicate successfully with an organization’s internal and external publics.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to conduct research using traditional and computerized methods as a means of evaluating and solving public relations problems.

Apprenticeship

Communication majors participate in a required off-campus professional internship. Popular apprenticeship experiences have included work with print media, non-profit organizations or public relations agencies, with one of New Jersey's many radio stations, and frequently on television production in New York City. Many communication minors take advantage of opportunities on-campus to work with the campus newspaper, television studio or web publications.


Graduates

Students completing the degree in communication are equipped with the experience and education to succeed in a broad variety of professional careers because of the major’s emphasis on a liberal arts education featuring strong oral, written and visual communication skills along with a working knowledge of communication technologies. 

These careers include:

  • Human resources
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Mass media 

and many other professions that place a high value on well-developed communication expertise. 

Communication majors are also prepared for further graduate study.  Many communication graduates pursue a master’s degree at the College while others have gone on to graduate study at such prestigious institutions as Seton Hall, Columbia and Rutgers universities.

Communication Program


Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Foundations

  • COMM 219 Mass Media (4) (F)
  • COMM 250 Writing for Converging Media (4) (S)
  • COMM 270 Visual Storytelling (F)
  • COMM 355 Editing for Converging Media (4) (F)
  • COMM 395 Professional Apprenticeship (4) (Y) - Student teachers are exempt.
  • COMM 411 Senior Capstone Experience (4) (F)
  • COMM 405 Media Law (S) or COMM 4

Total: 28 credits

In addition to foundation courses, communication majors must complete an additional 12 credits of communication courses to complete the 40 credit major. Students may choose courses from one of the specializations in the major: mass communication or public relations. Or, with the approval of the communication faculty, students may mix and match courses from the two specializations and other approved communication courses.

Specialization in Mass Communication

  • COMM 209 Video Field Production (4) (F) (Prerequisite: COMM270 Visual Storytelling)
  • COMM 261 Television Production (4) (S) (prerequisite: COMM270 Visual Storytelling)
  • COMM 367 Publishing on the Web (4) (S)

Total: 12 credits

Students may substitute one course from another specialization with communication faculty approval.

Specialization in Public Relations

  • COMM 225 Marketing Communication (4)
  • COMM 351 Principles of Persuasion (4) (S)
  • COMM 362 Public Relations Writing (4) (F)

Total: 12 credits

Students may substitute one course from another specialization with communication faculty approval.

Other communication courses offered:

  • COMM 223 Public Speaking and Presentation (4) (Y)
  • COMM 243 Cross-Cultural Communication (4) (S)
  • COMM 2
  • COMM 390 Communication Practicum (1-4) (Y)
  • COMM 425 Special Topics in Communication (1-4) (Y)
  • COMM 4

Capstone Experience

College of Saint Elizabeth undergraduates are required to complete a capstone experience in their major near the end of their course of study. In communication, the capstone experience consists of an communication project or research thesis followed by a public poster presentation, conducted through the major's required course COMM 411 Senior Capstone Experience.

Apprenticeship and Practicum

Communication majors and minors are both required to have professional experience before earning their bachelor's degree in the major. Students must earn 4 credits and do so by completing 120 hours of work with a supervising provider as a communication professional. The 4 credits may be split between multiple providers with the approval of the communication program.

For communication majors an "internship" satisfies this requirement, which the program calls an "apprenticeship."  The apprenticeship must be off-campus at a provider approved by the communication program.

For communication minors a "practicum" satisfies this requirement.  The practicum may be with an on-campus provider approved by the communication program.

Requirements for a Minor in Communication

  • COMM 223 Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (4)
  • COMM 390 Communication Practicum (4)

And

  • Minimum of two 200-level or higher communication courses (8)
  • Any 300-level or higher communication course (4)

Of the three elective courses above, two of them must be from the same communication concentration.

Total: 20 credits