The major in Communications provides students with a firm foundation in the liberal arts, while it also prepares students to communicate effectively through contemporary channels.  Effective communication is relational.  It requires an understanding of the contexts and beliefs of others as the foundation upon which a relationship may evolve.  It also involves mastery of processes through which messages are disseminated.  The program equips students with a deeper comprehension of the assumptions and contexts of targeted audience, while it also sharpens students’ ability to use a variety of mediums, each with unique techniques and crafts, to convey well-crafted ideas or messages.

Students come to better appreciate the audiences, social and political contexts, and the media outlets through which effective messages can be conveyed.  Students are trained in the arts of public speaking, argumentative writing, and artistic expression.  At the same time, they are offered the opportunity to apply these classic skills to digital and video productions, permitting them to market well-crafted message to targeted audiences.

Explore the Communications Program

Are you interested in rhetoric, public speaking, and marketing?  Are you looking for creative outlets through which to communicate artful messages?  Are you thinking about a major that will allow for an internship opportunity in which you can put into practice the lessons learned in the classroom?  The Communications major is tailored to fit students with these interests, who would like to develop their skill sets into a vocation.  Students benefit from the best of a liberal arts curriculum before considering how their communication skills can be adapted to the ever-changing mediums of communication in today’s digital world, while ever being aware of their ethical imperatives to communicate truth in its fullest dimensions.

Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary audiences to whom effective statesmen, authors, religious leaders, and other rhetoricians have crafted and conveyed ideas and messages.

Outcome 2: Students will understand the Church’s teachings on contemporary media and its ethical applications.

Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the arts of rhetoric and public speaking.

Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate proficiency with concepts and practices in marketing.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to write effectively in appealing to targeted audiences.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to use digital, video, social media or related contemporary channels to conveying messages.

Outcome 7: Students will acquire work experience in which the skills and knowledge of the major are applied.


In addition to the core curriculum, Communications majors take the following courses

  • COMM 200 Media, Society and the Church
  • COMM 230 Rhetoric
  • COMM 250 Public Speaking and Public Discourse
  • COMM 350 Audio and Visual Productions
  • COMM 400 Internship/Clinical in Communications I
  • MKTG 200 Marketing
  • MKTG 300 Integrated Marketing Communications
  • POLT 415 Media and Politics

Elective Courses (2 required):

  • BUSN 330/PSYC 330 Organizational Behavior
  • COMM 401 Internship in Communications II
  • HIST 370 Film and History
  • MKTG 450 Advertising and Digital Marketing
  • POLT 305 Public Policy
  • PSYC 201 Principles and Methods of Psychology
  • PSYC 320 Social Psychology
  • THEA 206 Fundamentals of Acting I
  • THEA 207 Fundamentals of Acting II

See the Academic Catalogue for course descriptions

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.

Travis Curtright, Ph.D.

Chair of the Humanities Department, Director of Shakespeare and Performance, Professor of Humanities & Literature
Education: B.A., Philosophy, University of Dallas; M.A. Literature, University of Dallas; Ph.D., Literature, University of Dallas
Office: Canizaro Library 161A
Phone: (239) 280-1612

Mary Hunt, Ph.D. (candidate)

Assistant Professor of Business & Psychology, Internship Coordinator
Education: B.A., Political Science & Spanish, Wellesley College; M.B.A., Marketing, Washington University; M.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology; Ph.D. (candidate), Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Office: Henkels 2030
Phone: (239) 304-7128

John Jasso, Ph.D.

Chair of the Communications Department, Assistant Professor of Communications Education: Ph.D., Communications, University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Communications, Kansas State University, B.A., Speech and Philosophy, Kansas State University.
Office: Henkels 2054
Phone: (239) 304-7936


James Patterson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Politics
Education: B.A., Political Science, University of Houston; M.A., Politics, University of Virginia; Ph.D., Politics, University of Virginia
Office: Henkels 2055
Phone: (239) 304-7365

Fernando Perez, B.S.

Instructor of Communications
Education: B.S., Communication Sciences, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Office: Canizaro Library, 3rd floor
Phone: (239) 304-7912