The Department of Communication's undergraduate and graduate academic programs embrace a common mission: to fortify the intellectual and social skills necessary for effective human communication. The focus is on oral, written, and mediated communication skills that are essential in both professional and personal lives.
Publications and Achievements 2017-2018
- Professor Chris Morse was selected Editor of Communication Quarterly journal.
- Professor Julie Volkman published “Patient-Centeredness in Electronic Communication: An Evaluation of Patient-to-Healthcare-Team Secure Messaging” in Journal of Medical Internet Research, and “African American Veterans Storytelling: A Multisite Randomized Trial to Improve Hypertension” in Medical Care.
- The second edition of Introduction to Human Communication: Perception, Meaning, and Identity by Professor Stanley and Lecturer Susan Baran will be released by Oxford University Press later this year.
- The 10th edition of Professor Baran's book Introduction to Mass Communication: Media Literacy & Culture was released this year by McGraw Hill.
Why study communication
According to Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, "While employers rate communication skills as one of their most desired characteristics, they also report that they are the skills that are most lacking in today's job candidates. There is such a heavy emphasis on effective communication in the workplace that college students who master these skills can set themselves apart from the pack when searching for employment."
Studies have shown that:
- communication is one of the most practical majors available and qualifies students for a variety of careers;
- job forecasts predict an upward trend in the number of people being hired in communication fields;
- communication education Is vital to the development of the whole person;
- communication education Is vital to society and to crossing cultural boundaries.
Careers in Communication
There are far too many careers in communication and communication-related fields to list them all here. In fact, can you think of any well-paid, meaningful profession that does not require some sophisticated level of communication – written, spoken, interpersonal, or mediated? Can you imagine success in graduate school (regardless of discipline) that does not ask you to write, speak, and interact with others at a high level?
The Communication Department offers a variety of courses to help students in their careers. The department also regularly schedules a number of ever-changing special topics courses to augment permanent offerings, and there are always directed studies and internship classes that can be tailored to your personal career and educational needs. Finally, in addition to the business administration minor, communication majors also take a four-course minor to further enhance their career-oriented course of study. Our faculty can help you choose what's right for you.
Clubs and Organizations
- WJMF is a non-commercial HD radio station that broadcasts daily throughout the academic year. The station is completely student-run and operated, and is advised by an industry-trained professional.
- The Media Production Club takes students interested in television and film beyond the lens and deep into the trends and attitudes that make media production the communications tool of choice. Advised by industry-trained professionals and using state-of-the-art broadcast facilities, members experience life in front of the camera, behind the scenes, or streaming across the Internet.
- The Communication Society is a social and academic club for Communication majors and minors. The society promotes networking, informs students about careers in communication, current and future classes, and holds social functions, provides opportunities in event planning, public relations, fundraising, internships, community service, and mentoring relationships.
- The Archway is Bryant's weekly student newspaper. Staff members work with an industry-trained advisor who mentors students on various aspects of the journalistic process from conducting interviews to writing articles.
- The Podium is a student-run organization that supports and encourages public speaking skills. As part of their weekly agenda, Podium members provide constructive feedback to students looking for a forum on which to practice e-pitches, class presentations, and speeches.
- Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honorary of the National Communication Association (NCA). As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has over 180 active chapters across the United States. Its goals: recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field; establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students; and explore options for further graduate studies.
- The Ledger is Bryant University's yearbook. The staff is responsible for its preparation, editing, and publication.