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Communication Studies

Program Director: Laird Christensen, Ph.D.
Division of Humanities, Education, & Arts

Programs offered:

  • BA in Communication Studies

  • Minor in Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Green Mountain College offers a Communication Studies degree and a Communication Studies minor.

Learning Outcomes for Communications Majors
The successful student will:

  • Gather content and deliver refined messages in any form and for all media

  • write for and publish a variety of media

  • gain project management experience

  • analyze current and emerging communication practices

Because the practice of communications requires a range of subject-area expertise, each student is encouraged to develop a unique focus within and outside of the general communications curriculum. Such a focus will integrate a student's interests with their coursework in the Environmental Liberal Arts and other academic disciplines. To support this engagement, a combination of coursework and publishing opportunities emphasize fields in which Green Mountain College offers expertise, including environmental communication, environmental writing, and media advocacy.

Communications students complete their coursework with a professional portfolio that synthesizes coursework with the experience gained through an off-campus internship or a media practicum at campus publications and community communications projects.

Communications graduates may continue their studies with a range of graduate degrees. Career choices include editorial positions for media publications, positions as information specialists for government, business and non-profit organizations, and work in strategic communications and media advocacy.

Goals for Communications Majors Students completing a Communications major with a concentration in Media Practices or Media Advocacy will gain a coherent set of knowledge, skills and abilities that include:

  • An understanding of principles, laws, history, values, ethics, and civic role of communications.

  • Critical analysis, synthesis, and communication of information for civic and rhetorical purpose.

  • An ability to integrate and publish text, images, audio, and video for a variety of audiences and purposes.

These programmatic learning goals correlate with specific values and competencies identified by accrediting councils in the field. Students are introduced to these learning goals in a variety of courses that integrate history, theory and practice. A level of mastery is developed as students publish a digital portfolio that documents professional practices and engagement with college and community publishing projects. Within this portfolio students are expected to refine and demonstrate mastery of a personal communications focus while achieving the comprehensive goals of the Communications program.

Requirements for BA in Communication Studies

General Electives Total electives vary depending on total of other credits
Credits: 42-43

ELA Requirements See ELA section of this catalog for details
Credits: 36-37

Total credits for BA in Communications: 120-121
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).

Communications Minor
Available to all bachelor degree candidates

Communications Core:

Total credits for a Minor in Communications: 18

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