COMMUNICATIONS

UNITE ANCIENT WISDOM WITH ADVANCED TECH

As a Communications major, you’ll learn how to use rhetoric and technology to transform audiences and influence culture across various contexts—whether professional, personal, political, or evangelical.

Fast Fact: Communication is key. Many employers identify having good communication skills as one of the most desirable traits in prospective employees.


Skills You will Gain

  1. Rhetoric – Unlock the power of the spoken and written word to form ideas and transform an audience. Learn to use classic strategies to convince, delight, and move those who hear or read your work.
  2. Media and Technology – Understand the nature of media and work with some of the latest tech to develop your message with truth, goodness, and beauty in mind. Analyze, interpret, and influence popular culture through the lens of the Catholic imagination.
  3. Corporate Communication – Get an edge in your professional life. Learn how to build relationships with customers and coworkers alike. Understand the power of the word to sell, market, and inspire in a way that resonates.
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Assistant Professor of Literature and Modern Languages (Italian)

Email:

deana.kelly@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7188

Office:

Canizaro Library 254

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Assistant Professor of Communications; Internship Coordinator and A/v Studio Director

Email:

justin.bonanno@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7964

Office:

Henkels 2018

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Chair of the Humanities Department; Professor of Humanities & Literature; Director of Shakespeare in Performance

Email:

travis.curtright@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1612

Office:

Canizaro Library 219

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Assistant Professor of Literature

Email:

william.gonch@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7035

Office:

Henkels 3038

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Associate Professor of Communications and Literature; Director of the Writing Program

Email:

Gavin.Hurley@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1662

Office:

Henkels 2052

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Chair of the Communications And Literature Departments; Associate Professor of Communications

Email:

john.jasso@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7936

Office:

Henkels 2054

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Assistant Professor of Literature

Email:

jessica.schnepp@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7072

Office:

Canizaro Library 250

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INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

The Communications major builds within it an internship or clinical experience so that students can begin building a portfolio and acquire professional experience. From this hands-on experience, excellent students may be recommended for positions in television, digital productions, radio, journalism, or other media related work.

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Courses for the Major

COMM 200 Media, Society, and the Church

COMM 250 Public Speaking and Public Discourse

COMM 350 Audio and Visual Productions

COMM 400 Internship/Clinical in Communications I (4 credits total. May be taken over multiple semesters)

One Rhetoric Course out of

COMM 303 Classical and Medieval Rhetoric

COMM 305 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

One COMM Elective from the list below

COMM 205/BUSN 200 Business Communication

COMM 300 Writing and Dialogue: Plato to Podcasts

COMM 310/POLT 310 Media and Politics

COMM 320/LITR 320 Creative Writing

COMM 325/LITR 325 Modern Fantasy

COMM 330/HUMS 330/THEA 330 Shakespeare in Performance

COMM 340 Writing for Journalism

COMM 401 Internship in Communications II

COMM 413 Pre-Visualization and Post-Production

COMM 415 Advanced Audio and Visual Productions

COMM 418 Special Topics

Three Additional Electives from the list below*

Any COMM elective

BUSN 330 Organizational Behavior/PSYC 330 Organizational Psychology

HIST 311 The Historian and the Saints

HIST 370 History and Film

HUMS 490 Thomas More

MKTG 200 Marketing

MKTG 335 Consumer Behavior/PSYC 335 Consumer Psychology

MKTG 450 Advertising and Digital Marketing

PHIL 203 Logic

PHIL 315 Philosophy of Art and Beauty

POLT 305 Public Policy

PSYC 320 Social Psychology

THEA 206 Fundamentals of Acting I

THEA 207 Fundamentals of Acting II

THEO 250 Foundations of Catechesis

THEO 350 Catechesis in the Church

THEO 370 C. S. Lewis: Theological Apologetics

Up to 4 credits of participation in an AMU Choir (MUSC 101M/MUSC 101W/MUSC 200/MUSC 410) Ensemble Shakespeare or Acting and Directing Shakespeare (when offered as either THEA or HUMS 415)

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

Are you interested in rhetoric and public speaking? Are you looking for creative outlets through which to communicate artful messages? Would you like to understand media and popular culture? Are you interested in an internship where you can put lessons learned in the classroom into practice? The Communications major is tailored to fit students with these interests, who want to put theory into action for the good of society and the Church.

Plato defined rhetoric as an art of “leading souls by means of speech,” and he included in his discussion of the art the most advanced communication technology of his day (writing!). In the tradition of Plato, and in imitation of the greats, you will benefit from the best of a liberal arts curriculum and learn how to adapt the knowledge you gain to the new media of today’s digital world. Whatever the context, you will discover strategies for ethically communicating truth at a time when people desperately need to hear it.

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