Hiram College

preparing for the future

Communication majors undertake a robust curriculum that includes the completion of a senior capstone research project designed to further develop their critical thinking, writing, speaking, and problem-solving skills, uniquely preparing them for their careers or graduate school.

Core Communication Major Courses

All four courses are required and must be completed in sequential order. Students must earn a C- or better in COMM 10100 and COMM 30000 and maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 for all Communication courses to progress forward in the major.

  • COMM 10100: Foundations of Public Communication
  • COMM 30000: Communication Theory
  • COMM 40100: Research Development
  • COMM 48000: Senior Seminar

Communication Area of Concentration

Students are to choose a minimum of four courses from one of three areas of concentration (i.e., health communication, public relations, or sports communication) and a minimum of two additional COMM courses outside their concentration. Of the four courses required for each concentration, only one course can be from another program outside of Communication. The two courses required outside of the student’s concentration area are designed to allow students to tailor their coursework to their specific strengths and career goals and must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Writing Course

Students must choose one designated writing course at the 20000 level or above (e.g. COMM 24000, 24600, WRIT 20500, 22100, 31100, 31300, etc.). Note: If a Communication course is selected to fulfill the writing requirement, it cannot also be counted as one of the six courses required per Communication concentration.

Areas of Concentration

  1. Health Communication Concentration
  2. Public Relations Concentration
  3. Sports Communication Concentration
  4. Build-Your-Own-Concentration

For more details about the different courses that make up each of the areas of concentration, visit our concentrations page.

Apprenticeship in Communication

The apprenticeship requirement is designed to create practical experiences for Communication majors to further develop their oral and written skills in a non-threatening environment of professional experience and beyond the traditional classroom assignments. The apprenticeship requirement can be fulfilled through a variety of options, both on or off campus. The most traditional manner of fulfilling the apprenticeship off campus is through either internships (COMM 49800) or field experiences (COMM 29800); please refer to the catalog for course descriptions. On campus opportunities include working with Student Senate, KCPB Programming Board, Intercultural Forum or campus jobs with the Alumni, Development, Career or College Relations Offices and many others. For now, each student is required to demonstrate a development of communication skills through these practical experiences. It is possible to complete this requirement without having course credit attached to the experience. An apprenticeship is required for all students who are majoring in Communication and strongly encouraged for those who minor in the discipline. More information on these can be found on the On-Campus Opportunities page.

Additional Options

  • COMM 28000: Seminar
  • COMM 28100: Independent Study *
  • COMM 29800: Internship Program: Field Experience *
  • COMM 38000: Special Topics in Communication
  • COMM 48100: Independent Research *
  • COMM 49800: Internship *
  • COMM 62000: Radio Broadcast Techniques
  • COMM 62100: Radio Station Management
  • COMM 63000: Newspaper Techniques
  • COMM 63100: Yearbook Techniques
  • COMM 63200: Print Media Management

* These offerings are not generally counted as part of the ten courses for completion of the major. Only under extenuating circumstances does the department change this position.

Grade Point Average Policy

The Communication program calculates the departmental grade point average by considering all courses taken in the department that are used for the major, but not the correlatives. Students must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in courses for communication and have a C- or better in Communication 10100 and 30000. At the completion of the junior year, each student should perform a self-audit of requirements for completing the communication major with his or her adviser to see if the student has successfully met them all and can continue in the major. If a student meets the criteria established by the College for program honors (please refer to that section of the catalog), then the additional requirement is participation in a selected “honors” discussion with other honor students and faculty to share scholarly perspectives on a socially significant issue, as determined by the faculty.

Requirements for Minors

A minor in Communication consists of five courses: COMM 10100, COMM 30000, and a minimum of 3 additional COMM courses (selected from any area of concentration and/or from the list of general electives for the major). These additional courses must be chosen in consultation with a Communication faculty member to ensure they represent a coherent study of Communication. Students minoring in Communication must complete COMM 10100 and COMM 30000 in sequential order.

For full descriptions, see the Course Catalog.