RMU's Communication Studies program, an offering in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication, is designed as a generalist concentration, allowing students to explore course work in all aspects of communication. It is especially suited to transfer students in that it allows the maximum use of transfer credits.Students majoring in Communication can also pursue concentrations in:
2010 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:
(from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)
|Communication by type of employer||Communication by job function|
|Advertising||$37,500||Advertising (based on one response)||$39,250|
|Arts, Entertainment, Recreation||$30,096||Fundraising/ Development||$37,000|
|Communications (Broadcasting/Telecommunications)||$32,571||Insurance (Claims)||$38,000|
|Consulting Services||$29,000||Management Trainee (entry-level)||$29,238|
|Educational Services||$35,040||Public Relations||$31,233|
|Religious/ Grantmaking/ Professional Organizations||$30,833||Writing/Editing||$32,000|
|English by type of employer||English by job function|
|Arts, Entertainment, Recreation||$35,000||Customer Service||$26,000|
|Educational Services||$32,746||Management Trainee (entry-level)||$36,000|
|Government (State & Local)||$37,333||Paralegal||$28,500|
|RMU Salary Survey||Range:||Mean:|
|Communication (2009)||$19,200 - $38,000||$29,633|
|English (2008)||$22,000 - $32,000||$26,500|
Below is a typical four-year course of study for communication studies students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.
|FRESHMAN/Fall Semester||FRESHMAN/Spring Semester|
|Humanities: Art and Music||Communication elective|
|Intro. to Communication||General Psychology|
|Reading and Writing Strategies||Principles of Sociology|
|History elective||Argument & Research|
|Intro. to Decision Support Systems||Science elective|
|SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester||SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester|
|Public Speaking and Persuasion||Training and Devel. in Business|
|Communication Theory||Communication elective|
|Interpersonal & Small Group Comm.||Business Professional Communication|
|Communication elective||Organizational Communication|
|English Lit. elective||Math Reasoning w/ Applications|
|JUNIOR/Fall Semester||JUNIOR/Spring Semester|
|Study of Rhetoric||Communication elective|
|Survey of Economics||Communication elective|
|Management Theory and Practice||Communication elective|
|Communication elective||Communication elective|
|SENIOR/Fall Semester||SENIOR/Spring Semester|
Lambda Pi Eta - This honor society of the National Communication Association recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement. It is open to undergraduates with a 3.0 GPA and 60 credit hours.
The Sentry - RMU's student-run newspaper allows students to gain hands-on journalism experience as members of the paper's writing and editorial staff.
Public Relations Society - The Public Relations Society is invested in helping students understand practical, communicative skills and accumulate awareness of what it means to maintain a company's reputation. Members can expect to network with experts and professionals, lead independent public relations-based tasks, and gain helpful advice regarding internship and career choices from fellow students
The Department of Communication seeks to integrate liberal arts with technical and professional programs. It offers an innovative curriculum integrating communication and information sciences in all disciplines, providing graduates with a technical and professionally-oriented degree emphasizing applied knowledge.
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in a brand new building on the Moon Township main campus. The structure includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. Facilities include the Pod room with both PCs and Macintosh computers; remote access to five servers for web pages, database, and security programs; and general university resources such as the VMware View Server. The new building also provides access to geographic information systems software and business intelligence software.
Within walking distance to the new building are facilities that provide opportunities for students to develop expertise in a range of media. Students perform and produce plays and musicals in our theater; they produce our student newspaper, The Sentry, and our literary magazine, RUNE, in our newsroom; they produce documentaries, attend lectures and learn from visiting scholars in our Media Arts House; and they produce and host news, entertainment, and sports programs in our state-of-the-art Academic Media Center’s broadcast facility and our Internet radio station.
Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace.
Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement.
For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)
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