Communication

Overview

A major and a minor

Career choices for communications professionals are incredibly diverse because every business, sector, and industry needs a great communication team to effectively deliver its message.

In the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication program, you will learn cutting-edge theory and research in communication and apply that theory and research in real-world settings. With a required business minor, you’ll find your degree highly marketable. Our Department of Communication offers courses in three fields: interpersonal communication, mass communication, and electronic media production.

You can gain skills in front of and behind the camera in our state-of-the-art communications complex, featuring a digital television and editing studio. Prefer a different medium? Get involved with WJMF or The Archway, our student-run radio station and newspaper. Small classes, close faculty interaction, and clubs and organizations will allow you to explore all aspects of the communication process. Any course of study at Bryant may be complemented with a Communication minor, which consists of four courses that are tailored to your interests. You will work with a faculty advisor to select those courses.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

An important asset to a career in any field, communication skills are especially in demand in advertising, business, health care, journalism, politics and government, public relations, and social or human services, to name a few. Bryant communication students have interned at organizations including Hasbro, Hill Holliday, Boston Celtics, and MTV Networks, and some went on to full-time employment at the companies where they interned. Our graduates are also accepted into prestigious graduate programs worldwide.

Communication faculty

Bryant’s Communication faculty includes prominent scholars, teachers, and media industry professionals. They enhance their expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service, and bring this knowledge into the classroom. They also provide personal guidance for students pursuing internships and positions in the many industries that rely on communication skills and competencies.

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Requirements

For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

Communication Major Requirements

Introduction to Communication (COM203)
OR Honors the Process of Communication (COM204)

Interpersonal Communication (COM270)

Mass Communication (COM272)

Communication Research Methods (COM390)

Senior Seminar in Communication Theory (COM491)

Five (5) Communication Electives (any level)

Two (2) Communication 400-level Electives

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

*Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement 

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales).

Electives - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business. 

*Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum of 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

For a 12-credit minor:

Introduction to Communication (COM203)
OR Honors: The Process of Communication (COM204)

One 200-level communication course

One 300-level communication course

One 400-level communication course

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To learn more, please contact:

Wendy Samter, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Communication
wsamter@bryant.edu

 

NICKELODEON DREAM

Morgan Buell

Morgan Buell ’10
Sales Service Executive, Nickelodeon

Traveling by train to New York City for interviews with Hollister and Newsweek, Buell, a senior Communication major, and her sister sat next to a gregarious man who included them in a conversation with fellow passengers. “As we pulled into the station, he handed me his business card,” she says. “He was the senior vice president of Nickelodeon ad sales.”

Two interviews later, Buell was hired as a sales associate in NYC. “I received offers from other companies, but who turns down Nick? Today, I am living my dream,” she says. This includes a promotion to sales service executive.

SMALL-SCHOOL BENEFITS

Ryan Hanson ’08
Sales associate, Liberty Mutual Group

Ready to transfer from community college, Hanson chose Bryant because the required business minor would complement his communication degree and a smaller school would be a better fit. “I needed the personal attention to be successful, and I knew Bryant could deliver that,” he says.

Throughout his time at Bryant, Hanson utilized the services of the Amica Center for Career Education. He interviewed with seven companies on campus. “Clearly, I liked how Bryant brought the employers to me,” says Hanson, now an award-winning lead sales associate at Liberty Mutual Group.

BLENDING BUSINESS & LIBERAL ARTS

Peter McMahon ‘13
Path: Marketing, Communication

“Attending Bryant was a great decision for me because it allowed me to really explore what I wanted to study,” says McMahon. “When I got to Bryant, I really had no idea what I wanted to do, but the way the curriculum works, you see every aspect of both the business world and the liberal arts world.” McMahon discovered a passion for sales and secured an internship in the media sales department of The Madison Square Garden Company in NYC last summer. “Having such a strong college of business at the University really benefits students because it creates an atmosphere that you’re in a ‘working environment’ in every class.”