Employers routinely list "communication skills" at the top of the most important qualities of incoming professionals. When students major in Communication Studies in Seton Hall University's Department of Communication and The Arts, they study, practice and master those very qualities, including speaking and writing persuasively, effective researching, working productively in interpersonal, intercultural and team environments, and interviewing. Small class sizes and a dedicated, energetic faculty give our students an advantage over the competition. Best of all, several partial scholarships are available, including the Brownson Speech and Debate Team scholarship, the Lushkis scholarship and the Oppenheimer scholarship. A major in Communication Studies at Seton Hall puts you among the top candidates in many exciting career paths. Our alumni hold vital positions in the media, education, public relations, politics, law and industry.
Communication Studies majors follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, Abraham Lincoln, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, Frances Willard, Sojourner Truth and Franklin Roosevelt. Classes such as Oral Communication and Public and Presentational Speaking train students in the art of persuasive discourse and the effective use of the voice. Courses in Dynamics of Human Communication, Group Communication and Intercultural Communication emphasize how we communicate to a variety of audiences and groups. Introduction to Communication Theory and courses in Rhetoric train students to analyze discourse to understand what makes it effective (or ineffective). And in Communication Ethics, students learn about the importance of responsibility and morality to effective communicators. In these courses, students and professors examine some of the most important questions about human interaction; questions that are as old as the ancient Greeks and as cutting edge as an interactive press conference.
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, students must successfully complete the required 45 credits for the major, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. Students must also complete a senior seminar, which involves a final thesis and/or project relating to their field of study.
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