Communication

A major and a minor in comunication is available. See also majors and minors in broadcasting, journalism, marketing, and public relations and the majors in film production and informatics 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 (300 and above) 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, Office Software Productivity 3
  • Comm 108, Digital Design 3
  • Comm 326, Creating for the Web 3
  • Comm 375, Animation3
  • Two courses selected from the following: 6
    Art 107, Design
    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. Comprehend a core of knowledge in the field.
  2. Create a diverse multimedia portfolio.
  3. Demonstrate a set of professional skills and competencies in their practice of communication.
  4. Serve the college and broader public through co-curricular media involvement.
  5. Demonstrate competence in securing and 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. Integrate Christian values, professional conduct and a global perspective.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Comm 240, Communication Research
100-299 level courses in major
Second year Goshen Core
Comm 270, Media Law and Ethics
Comm 204, Expository Writing
Other courses in major
SST
Third year Goshen Core
Comm 383, Communication and Society
Courses in major
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Internships
Comm 410, 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. The broadcasting, journalism and public relations majors require two internships: one for three credit hours and a second for one credit hour. 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.

One option in the informatics major is a cognate area in communication and media, applying computer software and programming skills to this field.

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.