A degree in communication can open doors to a wide variety of exciting and creative professional opportunities and experiences. Our B.S. Degree in Communication gives you a choice of concentrations in broadcasting, health communication, journalism, or public relations.
To become a Communication major a student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. First semester freshman and transfer students can declare without an established GPA and are required to obtain such at the end of their first semester. Students must pass with a grade of C (2.00) or better all required courses in the communication degree program.
Browse our programs and find the concentration or minor in Communication that's right for you.
Western Carolina University's broadcasting concentration gives you the opportunity to work and learn in a network-quality digital television studio or in Jackson County's only FM radio station. Students often take on “real world” commercial projects as a part of class assignments. Many of our grads go directly into the top 100 markets.
A program that focuses on how people, individually and collectively, understand and accommodate to health and illness and the role of communication and media in shaping professional health care messages and public acceptance of these messages. Includes instruction in the development and use of health-related and care-related messages and media; the goals and strategies of health care promotion; relationships, roles, situations, and social structures in the context of health maintenance and promotion; and applications to disease prevention, health advocacy, and communications concerning treatments.
Our journalism concentration or its associated minor provides the basis for a fascinating and challenging career in a field that is changing daily as the traditional print and electronic media move closer together. This is a rapidly changing field. You will be able to publish your work on the communications student-run news website The Western Carolina Journalist.
WCU’s public relations concentration will prepare you for a successful public relations career. Through your coursework you can take on “real world” projects and clients and also participate in Catamount Communications, the student-run public relations firm. WCU’s public relations grads can be found in some of the top corporations and government agencies.
When you declare your intent to become a communication major you’ll be paired with a communication faculty member who will serve as your academic advisor and mentor. Your advisor will assist you with your admittance to the program and beyond—they’ll help you pursue your chosen major and/or minor throughout your academic career.
Twice a year WCU has advising days during which you are expected to come and meet with your advisor and discuss the classes you will be taking during the next semester. You must come to your advising appointment prepared: consult the university catalog and your degree audit on myWCU to ensure that you are ready for advising.
Please use the link below for advising checklist sheet.
While loans, grants, and Work-Study make up the bulk of most students’ financial aid package, there are many scholarships available as well. Many are merit-based, recognizing achievement in areas in which you already excel. Below is a list of departmental scholarships and there is a complete listing of scholarships in the online catalog.
The Patrick Lee Carmody Fund Scholarship
The purpose of the Patrick Lee Carmody Fund is to provide continuing support for scholarships for Western Carolina University students who are majoring in the B.S. in Communication (Broadcasting) program.
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Roy A. Taylor Scholarship
The Roy A. Taylor Scholarship is awarded to a rising senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human communication (formerly speech) with consideration given to a rising junior meeting the same criteria if there are no seniors meeting the requirements.
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Dr. Kathleen Wright Scholarship
Dr. Kathleen Wright was a dedicated professor and head of the Department of Communication. During her 35 years at Western Carolina Dr. Wright literally served on every college and university committee and she served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, the governing body of the faculty. She always had an incredible "can do" spirit when it came to her students and department. In 1996 Dr. Wright received one of the University's highest honors, the Paul A. Reid Service Award. Upon her retirement Dr. Wright was given the status of Professor Emeritus at Western Carolina University.
Arthur Anderson Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Arthur Anderson Endowed Scholarship Fund is for students obtaining a degree in the performing arts including radio and television.
It is awarded in alternating years in conjunction with the School of State and Screen. Arthur Anderson was a radio, television, and New York based actor for over 70 years.
Communication students have plenty of opportunities to gain professional experience and start networking while still in school. You can get your hands dirty working with:
Networking is essential in communication. The department is an institutional member of Society of Professional Journalists and Broadcast Education Association, which allows students to become members of the biggest professional organizations in the industry with a discount or free.
Your internship can be an extremely valuable experience, providing you the opportunity to work in the medium that you are interested in for several weeks. You can do your internship when you have completed 90 hours. Your internship needs to be planned in advance. Typically, a student starts making industry contacts in November or December prior to the summer during which the internship will occur. Prior to the semester that you do your internship, you need to talk with your advisor about where you are doing the internship and fill out the appropriate forms. Many companies have applications and forms to be completed in advance by the student before they will grant permission for an internship.
1. Early in the semester, prior to doing your internship, contact your advisor.
2.Discuss where you want to do your internship and receive faculty approval of your internship site.
3. Contact your potential internship sponsor and find out how to apply for the internship.
4. Complete the required internship forms (see below) for both the university and the sponsoring business.
5. Enroll in COMM-483. You must be enrolled in COMM-483 prior to doing your internship. If you are not enrolled in COMM-483 during the term in which you are doing your internship, NO course credit will be earned.
6. Keep a timesheet daily journal of your activities and what you learned each day.
7. At the mid-term, you are responsible for securing the mid-term evaluation form so that your employer can evaluate your progress and submit the completed form to your instructor.
8. At the end of the semester, you are responsible for securing the Final Evaluation form so that your employer can evaluate your internship and submit the completed form to your instructor.
9. At the end of your internship you are to prepare a paper based on your journals as to what you did and how you did it. This paper is to be turned in to your instructor on the last day of classes.
10. You will be interviewed twice during the semester by your instructor, either by phone or email. You are required to respond in a timely manner to his or her inquiry.