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Communication

communications resizedThe Communication Department at Pfeiffer University provides a major that offers a sound academic experience that can support their workforce aspirations as a communication professional or the foundation to continue their education in graduate school.

This is a path that provides students the opportunity to learn while developing the values of servant leadership and the preparation to become active, thoughtful citizens of the 21st century. This major offers three possible areas of concentration from which to choose: digital media, journalism or professional communication.

  • Digital: Those choosing digital communication will study the theory and production behind digital media communication including audio, video, and multimedia design. Students will write and develop digital products and examine the global social networks created through digital media.
  • Journalism: Those choosing journalism learn to report events in a responsible and ethical manner. Combining classroom work with writing for publication, students learn both the mechanics and the craft of reporting.
  • Professional Communication: Those choosing professional communication will develop an awareness of organizational systems and channels of communication, how these impact problem solving decision making and innovation, develop skills in assessing effective communication practices in a variety of context and prepare themselves to be effective human relations practitioners.

Mission Statement
We seek to develop an overall awareness of the centrality of communication in creating meaning in our lives. We encourage our students to respect the power of communication. We believe that communication transforms lives, advocates for new possibilities, and shapes society.

We prepare students to become lifelong learners and proactive in seeking to satisfy their innate curiosity.

Student Learning Outcomes
The department fosters the development of oral and written communication skills essential in the constantly changing job market while also developing the broad knowledge base characterizing the liberally educated graduate. Internships at radio or television stations, newspapers, companies and institutions across the community help students gain valuable job experience and make contacts in the professional world. Successful graduates of Pfeiffer's Communication Studies curriculum will possess skills in speaking, writing, computing, analysis, research and critical thinking.

Career Possibilities

Communication degrees continue to open the door to careers relating to the Internet and cyberspace. Web maintenance and home page development is an often seen opportunity for communication graduates. Other job possibilities are listed below.

Advertising/Marketing

  • Media Buyer
  • Designer
  • Publicity Director
  • Information Specialist
  • Marketing Communications
  • Account Management/Executive
  • Media Researcher
  • Graphics and Productions
  • Promotion
  • Copywriter
  • Electronic Production Design Coordinator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Site Designer
  • Strategic Marketing Manager
  • Media Planner

Broadcasting

  • Educational TV Production
  • Program Director
  • Announcer/Narrator
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Schedule Manager
  • Film Editor
  • Disc Jockey
  • Production Supervisor
  • Sound Mixer
  • Executive Producer
  • Technical Producer
  • Special Effects Specialist
  • Engineer Floor Manager
  • Scriptwriter
  • Newscaster

Business/Industry

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Communications Consultant
  • Media Relations
  • Government Relations
  • Marketing Representative
  • Sales Representative
  • Business Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Information Specialist
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Investor Relations
  • Insurance Claims Representative
  • Corporate Communications Designer
  • Corporate Training and Development
  • Speech Writer
  • Hotel Management

Education

  • Educational Writer
  • Lecturer/Teacher
  • Media Specialist
  • Media Librarian 

Government

  • Lobbyist
  • Mediator
  • Copyright Specialist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Press Secretary
  • Telecommunications
  • Campaign Director
  • Speech Writer

Human Relations

  • Community Affairs Director
  • Program Director
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Employee Publications Specialist
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Employee Relations
  • Community Relations
  • College Relation Specialist
  • Mediator

Journalism

  • Reporter
  • Technical Writer
  • Newspaper Editor
  • Critic
  • News Director
  • Sports Director
  • Proofreader
  • Columnist
  • News Analyst
  • Copyright Specialist
  • Historian
  • Biographer
  • Book Reviewer
  • Drama Critic
  • Freelance Writer
  • Programming Assistant

Publishing

  • Booking Agent
  • Literary Agent
  • Editor
  • Traffic Manager
  • Editorial Writer
  • Production Assistant
  • Layout Coordinator
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Manager of Collections
  • Sales Representative 

 

Internships

Internships offer the experience and training that college students may lack. Students are encouraged to apply for internship experiences. Career Services offers students assistance in this endeavor, as well as exclusive opportunities with radio stations, TV stations, working in print media, public relations and a host of other wonderful opportunites.

Visit the Career Services web page for more information.