The Communication Major

Communication is fundamentally about message-sending and meaningmaking. Students, therefore, will seek to understand the way in which both verbal and nonverbal symbols are used to shape the world. At its essence, the study of communication is anchored in language use and study; it is highly compatible with the literary emphases of the Department of English.

While the field embraces technical and social science dimensions, its content is philosophically rooted in the humanities. While some courses attend to the communication process, most focus on other dimensions of human activity and endeavor. A major would provide a comprehensive, grounded program for consistent study and research. Communication study, by its nature, is interdisciplinary and will enhance student ability to relate concepts and principles they encounter as they pursue the core curriculum and any electives they select.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the Online College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
EN 105 Freshman English / Core EN 105 / Core
EN 110 / EN 115 EN 110 / EN 115
Lab Science Core
Sophomore Year
Core Core
Core Core / Elective
Oral or Written Requirement Oral or Written Requirement
Visual or Textual Requirement Visual or Textual Requirement
Junior Year
Core Core
Core / Elective Core / Core Elective
Theory Requirement / Major Theory Requirement / Major Elective
Elective / Major Elective Elective / Major Elective
Senior Year
EN 470 Core / Elective
Core / Elective Core / Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

Learn More About Majoring in Communication

  • Why Major in Communication at Saint Anselm?

    Ten reasons to major in communication at Saint Anselm College:

    1. To become more ethical consumers and creators of mediated messages

    2. To think critically about the objects and practices of everyday life

    3. To effectively and humanely engage in democratic discussion and debate

    4. To understand the implications of technology, interpersonally and within culture

    5. Professor Shepler is an excellent baker (and a great sharer)
    To gain exclusive and ongoing access to the delicious results of Prof. Shepler's baking talents

    6. To understand the centrality of communication to identify formation

    7. Persuasion is influence
    To learn compelling and ethical modes of persuasion

    8. To be more mindful communicators within personal and professional relationships

    9. We're fun
    To join the most successful Quiddich team in the college's history

    10. Communication skills are essential.
    To develop versatile oral and written communication skills that are key for any profession

  • Internships, Careers, and Graduate School

    Internships

    Internships provide students with real job experience. Through an internship students can explore an industry, see the inner workings of the workplace, and build their professional network.

    Recent Internship Sites
    Boston Bruins
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    Clarient
    Fox News
    Griffin York & Krause
    Montagne Communications
    New England Center for Investigative Reporting
    NH Magazine
    PeKu Publications
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    WMUR-TV

    Careers

    With a degree in communication from Saint Anselm, students work in an array of fields from politics to broadcast journalism to advertising. Combining their foundation in the liberal arts with their focus on communication, gives them versatile skills employers are looking for.

    Recent Employers (just to name a few!)
    Boston Beer Company
    Boston Consulting Group
    Chicago Public Radio
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    Clarient, Inc.
    CNN
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    Harvard University Press
    Hasbro, Inc.
    OwnerIQ, Inc.
    Saint Anselm College

    Graduate School

    In recent years, Saint Anselm graduates have been accepted at some of the best graduate schools in the United States and have been awarded scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research positions. The Office of Academic Advisement is available to assist your pursuit of graduate studies.

Communication is fundamentally about message-sending and meaning-making. Students, therefore, will seek to understand the way in which both verbal and nonverbal symbols are used to shape the world. At its essence, the study of communication is anchored in language use and study; it is highly compatible with the literary emphases of the Department of English. While the field embraces technical and social science dimensions, its content is philosophically rooted in the humanities. While some courses attend to the communication process, most focus on other dimensions of human activity and endeavor. The Communication major provides a comprehensive, grounded program for consistent study and research. Communication study, by its nature, is interdisciplinary and will enhance student ability to relate concepts and principles they encounter as they pursue the core curriculum and any electives they select.

Major requirements include:

 

    Course Requirements:

    Students in the Communication major must take a minimum of 10 courses, as specified below.

      Foundational Courses

      Students must complete the courses listed below.

      • CM 110 - Introduction to Human Communication
      • CM 115 - Introduction to Mediated Communication

      Oral Communication Requirement

      Students must complete one of the following classes related to oral communication.

      • CM 221 - Public Speaking
      • CM 227 - Speaking in Small Groups
      • EN 222 - Oral Interpretation of Literature
      • EN 261 - Beginning Acting

      Written Communication Requirement

      Students must complete one of the following classes related to written communication.

      • EN 207 - Advanced Composition
      • EN 215 - Business and Professional Writing
      • CM 216 - Principles and Practices of Journalism
      • CM 218 - Media Writing
      • EN 307 - Special Topics in Writing (with advisor approval)

      Visual Communication Requirement

      Students must complete one of the following classes related to visual communication.

      • CM 259 - Modes of Film Communication
      • CM 325 - Special Topics in Communication: Media Criticism
      • CM 325 - Special Topics in Communication:  TV, Communication, and Culture
      • FAH 260 - The Cinematic Eye - A History of Film to 1945
      • FAH 262 - Contemporary Film - 1945 to the Present
      • FAS 270 - Visual Communication
      • ITOCL 202 - History of Italian Cinema

      Textual Analysis Requirement

      Students must complete one literature course offered by the English Department at the 200 level or above.

        Theory Requirement

        Students must complete one of the following classes related to the theories of communication.

        • CM 310 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
        • CM 315 - Communication Theory

        Elective Requirement

        Students must complete two of the courses listed below.

        • CS 205 - The Internet: Fundamentals and Issues
        • CS 250 - Human-Computer Interaction
        • BU 223 - Organizational Behavior
        • MK 231 - Principles of Marketing
        • MK 232 - Integrated Marketing Communications
        • MK 233 - Consumer Behavior
        • EN 307 - Special Topics in Writing (with advisor approval)
        • CM 330 - Political Communication
        • CM 400 - Independent Study
        • CM 481-482 - Internship
        • EN 355 - Introduction to General Linguistics
        • FAH 101 - Introduction to Art
        • FAS 272 - Digital Art & Imaging I
        • FAS 274 - Graphic Design I
        • FAS 212 - Illustration
        • FAS 356 - Special Topics: Mixed Media
        • FAS 375 - Typography and Design
        • FAS 376 - Art and Design for the Web
        • MU 242 - Studies in Film Music
        • PH 214 - Contemporary Philosophy: Meaning, Language and Existence
        • PH 320 - Critical Thinking
        • PH 321 - Formal Logic
        • PH 336 - Aesthetics: Theories of Beauty
        • PO 102 - American Government
        • PO 104 - Comparative Politics
        • PO 106 - International Relations
        • PO 208 - Elements of Political Theory: Classical
        • PO 209 - Elements of Political Theory: Modern
        • PO 248 - Public Policy Process
        • PO 345 - Public Administration
        • PY 201 - Organizational Psychology
        • PY 207 - Psychology of Gender
        • PY 209 - Political Psychology
        • PY 211 - Cross Cultural Psychology
        • PY 315 - Social Psychology
        • SO 206 - Social Problems
        • SO 211 - Research Methods
        • SO 218 - Individual and Society
        • SO 229 - Mass Media
        • SO 330 - Race and Ethnic Relations
        • SO 342 - Social Inequality
        • SO 344 - Political Sociology
        • TH 273 - Christian Social Ethics

        Capstone Requirement

        As a requirement for graduation, each Communication major must write and defend a senior thesis (done within the Senior Seminar course) and take a written comprehensive examination which tests aspects related to oral, written, verbal and visual communication, as well as communication theory. Students must successfully complete the Communication Senior Seminar.

        • CM 470 - Communication Senior Seminar

        Recommended Course Sequence for Communication Majors:

        Communication majors should take CM110 or CM115 in the fall semester of their freshman year or as soon as they have declared Communication as their major. Students should then take both their oral and written communication courses during the second year of their major. Visual and theory requirements will typically be taken in the third year of the major. The sequence in which students take major courses and fulfill core requirements may vary depending upon the various choices a student makes (i.e. minor(s), a second major, study abroad, internships). Students should work closely with their academic advisors in planning their course schedules and longer range plans.

          Double Major in Communication and English

          Students may elect to double-major in English and Communication. In completing the requirements for each the two majors, students are permitted to count two of their courses as fulfilling requirements for both majors. Students completing the double major must enroll in each major's senior seminar and will typically complete two separate thesis projects. A single, interdisciplinary thesis to count for both majors is possible with the approval of the Department Chair and the respective seminar leaders. All double majors must pass the comprehensive exam in each major.