3 facts: The Communications Program

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I’ve been getting questions on Formspring about the Communications program. I love my program, but it was a long time before I realized I was interested in it! (My major was international studies, but I changed it.)

I thought a blog post would be handy in answering these questions, so I wrote up 3 facts about the communications program at Glendon. 

Fact #1. Communications (a.k.a.  Communications Studies) deals with processes of human communication.

What is communications about? Communications covers topics like:

  • mass media and culture,
  • face-to-face (i.e. interpersonal) communication,
  • the exchange of messages, ideas, and values,
  • technologies that influence communication (e.g. the internet),
  • sometimes: rhetoric, i.e. how to form an argument (think Socrates, Plato, other dead guys)
oprah

Interesting fact: Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Lee, and Howard Stern all studied communications.

You might be interested in majoring in communications if…

  • You’d love a job like: public relations consultant, human resources adviser, television broadcaster, journalist, copywriter, or editor (find more career options here)
  • You’re passionate about publishing, mass media (e.g. social media, television, print journalism), international development, policy, or politics.
  • You want to be a character in Ugly Betty or Mad Men. (Don’t get too excited though; working life is not that glamorous.)
I'm reasonably sure most people in communications aren't this grumpy.

I’m reasonably sure most people in communications aren’t this grumpy.

Fact #2. The Communications Program at Glendon is in transition.

Although there is no program right now, there will be a complete program available in 2015. Right now, Glendon already offers communications-related courses like:

  • Introduction to Communication: Theory and Practice (GL/SOSC 2100): This course focuses on interpersonal communication (e.g. How do you handle conflict in your professional or personal life?) and teaches you how to do business consulting.
  • Professional Communications Field Experience (GL/SOSC 4505): This combines in-class study with a 6-week internship.

…and a certificate program in Technical and Professional Communication. This is useful because hard skills like business writing look good on a resume and can be practically applied in a job.

Fact #3. I am studying communications at Glendon (what?!) …in the Individualized Studies Program (oh.).

This is the most confusing part of this post because I am a fossil – one of the last of my kind!

fossil = me.

fossil = me.

Before the official communications program is introduced at Glendon, new students can study communications at Glendon in the Individualized Studies Program.

The Individualized Studies Program allows students to study programs by mixing and matching courses that are related to a single subject that doesn’t already exist as a program (i.e. communications). Be warned, however, that this requires more initiative than other programs.

Well that’s about it. 

If you have other questions about communications, leave them in the comments or on my Formspring.

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2 thoughts on “3 facts: The Communications Program

  1. Hi Esther! I’m a long-time blog lurker but I decided to finally leave a comment.. First off, your blog is lovely! Your posts are so inspiring and informative, so thanks for sharing 🙂

    The communications program sounds great! I mean, not only would I be the future Oprah (a given) but it just actually sounds like something I’d want to learn. I’ll add to the other 53459 things I can’t wait to study at Glendon…

    I noticed on your Gravatar profile that you’re studying communications, linguistics and philosophy? Would you mind sharing the structure of that? As in, major + double minor or whatever. I’m still trying to figure out how to do that… is it something that I can switch up as I go along or should I have it mostly set from the start?

    Thank you! ❤

    • Sonnniiiiaaaaa!!!! You warmed my heart so much with this comment. Thanks so much.

      I’m glad you’re excited about the communications program. I was too when I discovered it. As for your question, here’s a short response: I’m able to study all of those things because of my program.

      As an Individualized Studies major it is my responsibility to find courses that I think are related to my study focus (communications). If they are approved by my department in the proposal process, I can take those courses. This year, I have been able to take the Philosophy of Language and am taking the Structure of English (a linguistics course) because they are related to communications.

      If you want to minor in philosophy or linguistics (or any program at Glendon) you can also do that! It IS something you can change as you go, so if you want to experiment with courses in your first year, do it! I think it’s a good idea. Also: don’t be afraid of changing your mind. You might decide later on that you want to change your major, add a minor, swap your minor to your major, etc. That’s the freedom of being an arts major.

      There’s one caveat. If you do want to get really ambitious by adding a minor (or something like that) AND you want to graduate within 4 years, it’s better to have your mind made up from the get-go. That way, you’ll be able to fit all of the course requirements you’ll need into 4 years with less stress (and no summer school). Hoooweeverrrrr, I didn’t know what I wanted from the get-go, so if you don’t – do not stress out! Also, taking a 5th year can be really rewarding so don’t feel like you need to avoid doing that.

      Hope this helps!!!!!!

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