Why study Communications at Chestnut Hill College?
Often, people may undervalue a degree in Communications by dismissing it as an unimportant field of study. At Chestnut Hill College however, this couldn't be further from the truth. Not only does CHC provide a comprehensive academic program that touches on a variety of courses covering many areas of communications, communications studies and media studies, but also, it does so with a liberal arts and holistic approach that increases an individual's historical knowledge of the material, as well as helps to develop use knowledge and appreciation of the in-studio media technologies and corresponding software, that are vital in the field. Graduates leave with extensive knowledge of all things related to the communications field as well as the experience both inside and out of the classroom, to make them an undeniable asset as an employee.
The cross-curricular program allows students to gain a wide range of knowledge in all things media, whether it be television production, feature writing and editing, marketing and advertising, scriptwriting and much more. Coupled with the small size of the department and small class sizes themselves, students are not only given one-on-one attention and mentoring but they are also encouraged and able to get involved in the campus newspaper, TV station and in some cases, web communications and communications' offices, as soon as they step foot on campus. This is a chance most are unlikely to get at a larger college or university.
Beyond what students learn in the classroom, communications majors are also challenged and tasked to take that information and impart it into real world experience. All majors are required to take at least one internship and being that Chestnut Hill is so closely located to the heart of Philadelphia, America's fourth largest media market, our students have interned at top firms including ESPN Films, Comcast SportsNet (CSN Philly), 6ABC-WPVI, Harmelin Media, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Business Journal, just to name a few. Whether it be through courses in television production, scriptwriting, feature writing, social media applications, advertising, marketing and much more, CHC's communications major graduate with a diverse and vast background in the field along with the ability to utilize the software and new media technologies used daily in the industry.
There are three distinct concentrations students can choose to major in, all of which are cross curricular throughout the English and Communications department.
MEDIA STUDIES and PRODUCTION: The Media Studies and Production concentration in the Communications Department will prepare students for exciting careers in various professions such as film production, script writing, video editing, content management/producing, post production, audio engineering, and many more.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS: The Corporate Communications concentration will prepare students for careers in various professions such as advertising, marketing, and public relations.
JOURNALISM and PROFESSIONAL WRITING: The Journalism and Professional Writing concentration prepares students for a career in multi-media and storytelling across all platforms. Students can enjoy a career in social media, news and feature reporting, website writing, and writing in corporate and other professional settings.
What are the requirements?
Communications majors complete a minimum of 15 courses (45 credits), including at least one internship, to qualify for a B.A. degree. Course requirements vary by concentration and include:
For all Concentrations:
- Intro to Communications
- Mass Media and Society
- Public Speaking Applications
- Research Methods
- Senior Seminar
For Media Studies Concentration
- Video Design and Production
- Film Analysis
For Corporate Concentration
- Business Communications
- Persuasive Methods
- Communication Law
For Journalism Concentration
- Writing for Electronic Media
- Advanced Feature Writing
- Audio Journalism
For more information on the specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan, please see the English and Communications section of the 2014-15 SUS course catalog.
What activities can I join?
Within the communications department, there are a variety of activities open to help students increase their skillset and help to develop a collection of professional pieces, whether written, online or in video/audio format. These activities are open to all students, regardless of class year or major, but are especially encouraged to communications majors. These activities include:
- CHC-TV - The College's closed circuit TV news program provides students the opportunity to report on stories in the field, record segments in the studio, hone interviewing skills and develop a knowledge of the technology for editing, lighting, cameras, mics and various other studio equipment used in a television broadcast.
- The Griffin - CHC's student-run newspaper is the perfect place for journalism students to get a start. You'll be able to generate story ideas, write or edit articles and more in both an online and print format. The newspaper is also great for students interested in photography or In-Design.
- The Grackle - A literary magazine for the students, the Grackle appeals to any students interested in editing and working with a team on selection and publication of pieces.
Additionally, students who qualify by having completed 60 semester credits, 12 of which are in communications and who have an overall GPA of 3.0 and major GPA of 3.25, may be invited to join Lambda Pi Eta, the National Honor Society for Communication Studies.
If you are interested in becoming an English Literature and Communications major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Barbara Lonnquist, Chairperson of the English and Communications Dept (LonnquistB@chc.edu).
To apply to Chestnut Hill College, please visit Admissions.