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Communication

Communication

Program Information

The Communication major 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. Communication majors 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.

Concentrations
Concentrations

There are three distinct concentrations students can choose to major in, all of which are cross curricular throughout the English and Communication department.

MEDIA STUDIES AND PRODUCTION: The Media Studies and Production concentration in the Communication 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.

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AND NEW MEDIA: The Digital Communication and New Media concentration will prepare students for demanding careers in a marketplace driven by digital communication. Students will learn the skills needed to be qualified professionals in a range of careers such as social media management, public relations, online content strategies, advertising, and internet marketing. In addition to professional development, this concentration can also be tailored for students interested in continuing on to graduate education by providing them the necessary theoretical as well as applied foundation in digital communication and new media.

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.

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Major and Minor Requirements

For more information about major and minor requirements, view the Communication section of the Catalog.

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Internships

Beyond what students learn in the classroom, communication 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.

Student Activities

Coupled with the small size of the department and small class sizes, students are not only given one-on-one attention and mentoring but they are also encouraged and able to get involved in student activities. These communication 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 communication 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.

Contact Information

If you are interested in becoming a Communication major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Barbara Lonnquist, Chairperson of the English and Communication Dept (LonnquistB@chc.edu).

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