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Communications

The face of communications is constantly changing. The Communications Program in the Shields School of Business embraces this change by integrating websites, blogs, social media and state-of-the-art technology into our program. Students who graduate from our program are prepared for the diverse landscape of today’s professional world.

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  • LEARN

    Our Communications curriculum is comprehensive and our graduates are skilled in all facets of the profession. They develop technical skills in Desktop Publishing, Web Design and Digital Editing classes. They build strategic skills in Public Relations, Advertising and Social Media Strategies courses. 

    EXPERIENCE

    Our students develop their skills in state-of-the-art facilities. In our media lab and television studio, they produce, design and edit content for video, web and print. They work on the staff of our campus newspaper; they work behind the scenes and on air with our Division I athletics teams; they become Communications professionals. 

    ACHIEVE

    Our students gain experience in Communications through internships on campus, in industry, and around the globe. Our students have interned with collegiate and professional sports teams, international fashion companies and regional and national publications. They present their work at academic conferences and consult with professional organizations. 

    DEVELOP

    At Saint Francis, you will become a Communications professional prepared to make an impact. We will provide the education you need for success and facilitate networking opportunities with professionals in the field. 

    • Communications Program Chair
      Dr. Kelly Rhodes 
      p. 814.472.3379
      KRhodes@francis.edu

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      • Majors & Minors
      • Curriculum
      • Career Opportunities
      Majors & Minors

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      Curriculum

      Social Media Strategies introduces students to the strategic use of digital and social media platforms within the communications industry. This convergence course requires students to utilize various social media techniques to interact with audiences across various business,  journalism and public relations fields.

      Multi-Platform Storytelling affords students the opportunity to develop communications messages across a range of media platforms. Students sharpen their writing, design, editing and production skills while creating content for use within multiple media environments. 

      Field InterviewSports Reporting introduces students to the fundamentals of sports writing and broadcasting, as well as  careers in athletic media relations. Students develop the skills and abilities to produce and package sports content for today's convergent media environment. They are also introduced to sports broadcasting, statistical analysis and event management.

      Internship Credits are built into the major so students gain "real-world" experience and complete their studies at the same time.

      Career Opportunities

      Graduates of our Communications program are prepared to find success in a wide array of media and communications fields.  Graduates of our program have moved on to a variety of careers in the industry, including advertising, broadcasting, corporate communication, journalism and public relations. Saint Francis Communications majors interested in continuing their education following their undergraduate studies have advanced to graduate schools across the country.

      Here are some of the career paths you may choose to pursue:

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      • Print Journalism
      • Photojournalism
      • Videography
      • Event Planning
      • Public Relations
      • TV/Radio/Internet
      • Media Relations
      • Magazines
      • Graphic Design
      • Desktop Publishing
      • Film Industry
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