Communication

Department Chair: Jenni Lou Russi, jennilou.russi@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7319
Faculty Contact: Dr. Jonna Ziniel, jonna.ziniel@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7431
Department Office: 204 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310
Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

Major

The Communication major, Corporate Cognate, explores organizational, intercultural, and interpersonal skills in marketing, training, and development. This major provides background for public relations, corporate training, organizational communication, and professional public speaking, as well as continued education in communication. The wide variety of classes, combined with an internship, make these graduates highly marketable in today’s job market.

Examples of projects you may complete with this major are the creation of training and public relations materials, group problem-solving, service learning projects along with development and implementation of marketing plans. Alumni from our program work in a variety of fields and positions. Students graduating with this major will be prepared for a variety of careers including: corporate trainer, executive recruiter, admission counselor, motivational speaker, marketing manager, communication consultant, corporate education developer, technical writer and researcher, special events coordinator and corporate spokesperson.

Major

The Communication major, Digital Media Management Cognate, explores digital media formats and management while developing skills in public relations, social media management, communication theory and website design. Offering both face-to-face and online classes, this program can be completed exclusively online. The wide variety of classes, combined with an internship, make these graduates highly marketable in today’s job market. Alumni from our program work in a variety of fields and positions. Students graduating with this major will be prepared for a variety of careers including: social media manager, public relations practitioner, advertising and marketing specialist, public affairs officer, director of media relations, multi-media writer, media sales representative, campaign director, professional blogger, and digital media manager.

Examples of projects you may complete with this major are digital public relations projects for clientele, creation of public relations materials for organizations, creation and management of a digital media campaign and web page development.

Major

The Communication major, Journalism & Media Cognate, explores print, broadcast, and digital communication formats while developing skills in journalism, public relations, digital media, and media convergence. This program is offered both face-to-face and completely online. The wide variety of classes, combined with an internship, make these graduates highly marketable in today’s job market.

Alumni from our program work in a variety of fields and positions. Students graduating with this major will be prepared for a variety of careers including: newspaper reporter, public relations practitioner, advertising and marketing specialist, public affairs officer, director of media relations, multimedia writer, media sales representative, campaign director, research specialist or columnist.

Examples of projects you may complete with this major are analysis and application of concepts from movies or television programming, creation of public relations materials for organizations, beat reporting, web page development and creation of digital media.

GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR
  • Society of College Journalists
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Student Media

Practical Experience

You will gain many skills throughout your time in this program including: public speaking confidence, interviewing skills, ability to write for a variety of media, tools for effective interpersonal communication, ability to communicate with people from a variety of cultures, and creating new technology including podcasts, web pages, video streaming, and other digital media.

During your junior or senior year, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills and gain hands-on experiences through an internship. Students have recently completed internships through areas such as television stations, radio stations, newspapers, marketing departments, public relation firms, realty offices and social media management departments.

“As a small university, VCSU focuses greatly on helping each individual student find the right internships that are relevant to their degrees and future plans. As a communication major, internships have given me real-world experience in the media and have better prepared me for the future.” —Anna Weisenberger ’14, Jamestown, N.D.

“VCSU’s technology and experienced professors, along with the convenience of earning my degree 100 percnet online, provided me with a “real world” education that I am able to put to use in my current job, while readying me for starting my own business down the road.” —Heidi Bollinger, Jamestown, N.D.

 

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
or
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 1
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Wellness
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities
Literacies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Required Courses
COMM 212Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 216Intercultural Communication3
COMM 312Gender Communication3
COMM 360Group Dynamics3
COMM 411Communication Theory3
COMM 491Senior Capstone1
COMM 497Internship3
or COMM 487 Field Experience
Total Credits19

Students Choose from One of the Following Cognates:


Corporate Cognate

COMM 311Communication and Interviewing3
COMM 304Corporate Communication3
COMM 314Public Relations3
COMM 483Organizational Communication3
Electives
Students should choose 3 COMM courses at 200 level or above in consultation with their advisor9
Total Credits21

Journalism & Media Cognate

COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
COMM 311Communication and Interviewing3
COMM 414Social Media Management3
COMM 415Sports Information3
Electives
Students should choose 3 COMM courses at 200 level or above in consultation with their advisor9
Total Credits21

Digital Media Management Cognate

COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
COMM 314Public Relations3
COMM 315Digital Communication3
COMM 414Social Media Management3
Electives
Students should choose 3 COMM courses at 200 level or above in consultation with their advisor9
Total Credits21

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 19 Hrs
Total Cognate Requirement 21 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 115 (Gen Ed)4BIOL 111 (Gen Ed)4
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3COMM 112 (Gen Ed)3
COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
UNIV 1501MATH 103 (Gen Ed)3
 14 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 1143COMM 212 (Digital Media and Journalism)3
COMM 200 (Journalism)3COMM 312 (Corporate)3
COMM 216 (Corporate and Journalism)3Elective
COMM 299 (ELECTIVE: Consult Advisor (Corporate and Digital Media))1-4HIST 103 (Gen Ed)3
Directed ElectiveMinor Course
ENGL 220 (Gen Ed)3 
MUS 100 (Gen Ed)3 
 16-19 9
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3COMM 2123
COMM 3043COMM 314 (Digital Media)3
COMM 311 (Corporate and Journalism)3COMM 414 (Journalism)3
COMM 2163COMM 415 (Journalism)3
COMM 2003Directed Elective (Corporate or Digital Media)
COMM 360 (Journalism)3Elective (consult advisor)
Elective (Corporate)Minor Course (consult advisor)
Minor Course (consult advisor)Minor Course (consult advisor)
Minor Course (consult advisor) 
 18 12
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMM 4973-12COMM 3123
COMM 3603COMM 3143
COMM 3153COMM 4113
Elective (Journalism - consult advisor)COMM 4143
Minor Course (consult advisor)COMM 483 (Corporate)3
Minor Course (consult advisor)COMM 4911
 Directed Elective (Corporate and Journalism)
 Minor Course (consult advisor)
 9-18 16
Total Credits 109-121

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Practices professional and ethical communication strategically
  2. Researches, evaluates, and synthesizes information effectively
  3. Engages in and appreciates diverse thoughts and ideas
  4. Competently works well with others in interpersonal and group situations