Communication Studies

From Aristotle to Apple, we give Communication Studies majors the tools to become creators of culture.

Analyze information, create content, and utilize industry-standard applications to craft messages, share data, and exchange meaningful stories with global audiences.

Montreat College’s Communication program helps students develop their God-given creative gifts.

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Graduates work with organizations like ESPN, Fox News, Telemundo, The Asheville Citizen-Times, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Disney Corporation, and World Magazine.

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Multiple off-campus programs available for immersion semesters in various communication fields.

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Opportunities to interact with local media through field trips, internships, and guest speakers.

Sample Courses

COMM 1220 Public Speech and Rhetoric Analysis

Learn to understand and recall core concepts in public communication; analyze and adapt to various speaking occasions and audiences; conduct research and gather evidence to develop presentation content; organize and structure presentation content; deliver presentations effectively and manage speech anxiety; and listen to and critique others’ messages. Rhetorical analysis, in classical and modern contexts, as a scholarly discipline is also explored.

COMM 1203 Communication Theory and Research

An introduction to the subject of human communication as the process through which humans create and share meaning and strive to understand, influence, and appreciate others. A survey of scientific and interpretive theories within interpersonal, group, public, and mass communication categories; demographic analysis; and statistical research support. Emphasis given to wide breadth of historical scholarship in communication theory, verbal and non-verbal dynamics, and the process of evaluating motivations, contexts, and solutions within communication conflicts.

COMM 2347 Journalism I: News Writing & Reporting

An introduction to the principles and practice of journalism: how to recognize good stories, gather facts through skillful interviewing and research, develop sources, craft strong leads, and fashion nut graphs, all while creating news articles that inform and engage the reader. Rewriting with a goal to achieve accuracy, precision, clarity, and a lean prose style is particularly emphasized. Students also learn headline and caption writing, the importance of deadlines and writing to word count, and how to structure narratives for different types of article formats.

Faculty

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Dr. Joseph Martin
Associate Professor of Communication
English, Communication, and Language Department Chair​
joseph.martin@montreat.edu

Jim Southerland

Jim Southerland
Artist in Residence
Professor Emeritus of Art
Faculty Fellow
jim.southerland@montreat.edu

Communication Studies Minor

This concentration exposes you to the wide knowledge base of the field while providing more flexibility in electives to explore various areas of personal and professional interest. You’ll be trained in:

  • photojournalism
  • news writing
  • public relations planning
  • public speaking
  • grant writing

You’ll also explore the sociological and cultural implications of communication studies while learning technical skills and techniques. This concentration strives to balance theoretical exploration with practical skills. Apply today!

Communication & Digital Media Major

The major in Communication and Digital Media enables students to develop a diverse range of unified skills as practitioners of convergent media. Some of the areas you will be trained in include:

  • web design
  • graphic design
  • photojournalism
  • news writing
  • public relations planning
  • public speaking
  • grant writing

Through training in these subjects, the major in Communication and Digital Media teaches students to harness that power to become purposeful, professional communicators. Find out more here!

Communication Minor

Communication is an excellent subject to combine with other majors. Everyone communicates! And effective communication is required for every career. If you can communicate well, you are much more apt to be successful in your field. As a Communication Minor you will study:

  • Public speaking
  • Communication and Culture
  • News Writing and Reporting
  • Nine elective credit hours from the Communication core/elective classes

The exploration of what it means to communicate, how we create our own culture and a sense of what it means to be a human are topics that are relevant across all disciplines. Add a Communications minor to your major today!

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