A major and a minor in communication is available. See also majors and minors in broadcasting, journalism, marketing, and public relations and the major in film production and minor in multimedia communication.

Major in communication

41 credit hours (core and one concentration area)

Core courses (23 credit hours):

  • Comm 200, Communication Practice 2
  • Comm 202, Oral Communication3
  • Comm 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Comm 240, Communication Research 3
  • Comm 270, Media Law and Ethics 3
  • Comm 383, Communication and Society 3
  • Comm 409, Internship 3
  • Comm 410, Senior Seminar 3

Generalist concentration (18 credit hours)

  • Any communication courses, with advisor’s approval 9
  • Any upper level communication or related courses, with advisor’s approval 9
  • At least four semesters participation in Communication department productions NC

Multimedia communication concentration (18 credit hours)

  • Bus 220, Spreadsheet Skills3
  • Comm 108, Digital Design 3
  • Comm 326, Creating for the Web 3
  • Comm 375, Animation3
  • Two courses selected from the following: 6
    • Art 208, Typography
    • Comm 190, Introduction to Radio
    • Comm 212, Digital Media Production
    • Comm 255, Photo Communication
    • Comm 312, Advanced Digital Media Production
    • Comm 412, Special Project
  • At least four semesters participation in WGCS, GCTV, or The Record NC

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in communication will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of core communication principles and research methods.
  2. Create a diverse multimedia portfolio.
  3. Demonstrate a set of professional skills and competencies.
  4. Engage the campus and community through co-curricular media involvement.
  5. Demonstrate learning and competence in completing one or more internships.
  6. Report that courses and other collegiate training prepared them for a position in communication or a related career.
  7. Engage in meaningful discussions about media, professionalism, and ethics.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Communication Research
100-299 level courses in major
Second year Goshen Core
Media Law and Ethics
Expository Writing
Other courses in major
Third year Goshen Core
Communication and Society
Courses in major
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Senior Seminar

Planning and advising notes

Comm 200, Communication Practice should be with a co-curricular closely related to the area of concentration. The Comm 409, Internship should be in the student’s area of concentration. A portfolio or its equivalent is required for graduation.

Minimum academic requirement: All communication majors and minors must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses required for their major or minor. Failure to attain this level of achievement requires the student to either repeat the course (for specific requirements) or take an additional course (an option for elective courses) and achieve a grade of C- or higher.

A maximum of 45 credit hours in communication courses may be applied to a degree. Also, no more than 12 credit hours in experiential learning (Comm 200, 209, 409 or 412) may be applied.

Minor in communication

18 credit hours

  • Comm 240, Communication Research 3
  • Comm 383, Communication and Society 3
  • Concentration courses selected with adviser’s approval 12

Planning and advising notes

In the minor concentration, at least 5 credit hours must be upper level (300 and above), with at least 9 credit hours in communication and at least 6 taken at Goshen College.