The Communication Major
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. 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
|Conversatio I||Conversatio II|
|EN 105 Freshman English / Core||EN 105 / Core|
|CM 110 / CM 115||CM 110 / CM 115|
|Core||Core / Elective|
|Oral or Written Requirement||Oral or Written Requirement|
|Visual or Textual Requirement||Visual or Textual Requirement|
|Core / Elective||Core / Core Elective|
|Theory Requirement / Major||Theory Requirement / Major Elective|
|Elective / Major Elective||Elective / Major Elective|
|CM 470||Core / Elective|
|Core / Elective||Core / 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. To develop professional practices and gain experiences through Communication-focused internship experiences
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. To explore opportunities to produce print and video media via the Broadcasting Club, The Crier newspaper, and the Anselmia yearbook
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 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
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New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Saint Anselm College
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
Christie's Art Auction
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Harvard University Press
Saint Anselm College
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.
M.A. in Cinema Studies, Savannah College of Art and Design
M.A. in Theatre Education, Emerson College
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, Southern Connecticut State University
M.S. in Mass Communication, Boston University College of Communication
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 the following:
Students in the Communication major must take a minimum of 10 courses, as specified below.
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
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.
Students must complete one of the following classes related to the theories of communication.
- CM 310 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
- CM 315 - Communication Theory
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
- CM 318 - Intercultural Communication
- 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 - Media & Society
- SO 330 - Race and Ethnic Relations
- SO 342 - Social Inequality
- SO 344 - Political Sociology
- TH 273 - Christian Social Ethics
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.