Learning Opportunities: Undergraduate Communication Major
Guided by Lasallian values, the Communication Department integrates liberal arts education with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the communication field, and challenges students to demonstrate communication competence.
The Department seeks to develop graduates who engage in informed civic participation and progressive leadership in professional and community settings. Beyond assisting students with finding meaningful careers, we seek to provide students with the communication knowledge and skills needed for meaningful personal, professional, and social relationships.
Our communication program tracks, which include Public Relations, Mass Media, Journalism, and Communication Management, combine a unique balance of theory and practice to help students first understand how messages are developed, sent, and received.
Here’s a breakdown of our major:
- Freshmen and sophomores take six core courses.
- All undergraduate communication students choose a Communication track, which consists of seven or eight courses. Double-track options are also available. In addition, students must take one to two elective communication courses outside of their primary track(s).
- Students are strongly encouraged to obtain an internship, either non-credit or for credit (COM 461-464).
- All required communication major courses are taken in addition to the La Salle University core curriculum. Many of our students also complete minors in areas such as Marketing, Business, English, Digital Arts, and many more.
Download our Communication Program Tracking Sheet to get a better understanding of required courses and credits.
Students who finish the Communication major should be able to:
- Explain how communication is used appropriately and effectively in personal and professional relationships.
- Explain how various media organizations selectively choose and package information to create meaning.
- Apply theory to explain possible message effects.
- Discern ethical dilemmas within communication contexts and evaluate using ethical reasoning.
- Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations accompanied by appropriate written documentation.
- Articulate connections between relevant communication theory, skills, and coursework with authentic learning experiences.
Students are also encouraged to pursue our Five Year BA to MA option, which allows students to earn an advanced degree in five years by counting two of their undergraduate courses toward the Master’s degree in Professional and Business Communication.
Explore our Communication Department tracks below, and contact us if you’d like to receive more information; speak with one of our faculty, a student, or an alum; or schedule a visit.
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