Learning Opportunities: Undergraduate Communication Major

We should start off by acknowledging our colossal, elephant in-the-room pet peeve: It truly bothers us when people refer to us as the Communications (plural) Department. Our coursework and approach go beyond individual communications, such as a letter, a television broadcast, or a tweet. We reach into the heart and soul of communication—how and why information is exchanged in individual, group, and mass settings, and how this information is influenced by (and influences) each one of us.

Millions of messages are sent daily through various media. 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. Mixed with our dedicated faculty, real-world application opportunities, and outstanding internship program, this approach helps students learn how to break through the noise and achieve success in various traditional and new media platforms.

Here’s a breakdown of our communication (singular) major:

  • Freshmen and sophomores take four core courses.
  • All seniors are required to take Communication Ethics (COM 400) and Communication Portfolio (COM 401), a course that helps students gain hands-on experience and build a portfolio of work that can be used in job interviews.
  • All undergraduate communication students choose a Communication Department track. 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.

Download our Communication Program Tracking Sheet to get a better understanding of required courses and credits.

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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