Communication Studies

Communication Studies

EMPHASIS OF PROGRAM

The Communication Studies Program provides a challenging curriculum for students interested in developing solid communication skills. Students may select a variety of majors and/or minors which include Communication Studies, Communication Studies: Broadcast and Digital Media, and Communication Studies: Public Relations.

The program also offers a Communication Arts and Literature major, which when coupled with professional education requirements, leads to a teaching licensure issued by the state of Minnesota. The Communication Studies Program emphasizes creativity, student initiative, and applied learning. Classes are structured to provide students with a solid historical and theoretical grounding in their chosen disciplines.

See Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes for all the majors in Communication Studies.

Where You Belong!

PREPARATION

Communication Studies majors should possess strong oral and written communication skills. Students who are considering this major often have previous training in things such as public speaking, forensics (speech and debate), digital media, and broadcasting.

ACTIVITIES

Southwest Minnesota State supports an active intercollegiate forensics (speech and debate) program that allows interested students, regardless of their major or previous experience, to develop language skills that promote critical thought and speaking abilities. The SMSU Forensics team travels over 8,000 miles annually attending 15 to 20 tournaments in five or more states. The team has won more than 1,500 trophies and received national recognition for outstanding achievement.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Communication Studies program is to provide high quality liberal arts, professional and technical education to majors, minors and all students of the university to ensure that graduates are articulate, engaged citizens. The program is committed to maintaining vital student activities that afford students the opportunity to hone their skills in communication through co-curricular involvement. The program is also dedicated to providing outreach and service in the area of Communication Studies to SMSU's region.

SMSU COMMUNICATION STUDIES EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

The SMSU Communication Studies Program faculty values hands-on, collaborative activities that encourage independent learning and the development of interpersonal and team-oriented skills. More specifically they value problem-based learning defined as a student-centered educational philosophy in which students learn by engaging open-ended questions. The faculty are committed to using problem-based learning strategies whenever possible in all required courses. Curriculum will emphasize hands-on learning that blends theory and practice taught within the perspectives of a liberal arts education.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Communication Studies Program awards scholarships to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current Southwest Minnesota State students each year. Forensics scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $100-$1000 to qualifying students. Incoming students may also be eligible for a number of academic and leadership scholarships through the Office of Admission. These scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic record, including ACT score, class rank, GPA, and leadership potential.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Southwest Minnesota State University Communication Studies graduates can be found in teaching, broadcasting, theatre, public relations, fundraising, business, law, and many other careers where the ability to communicate in a professional manner is valued.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Communication Studies Program - Office

FA 207, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

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ACADEMIC COMMONS

The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.

FRESHMAN ADMISSION PROCESS

  • Complete Application
  • $20 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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