Sep 21, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication and Journalism

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Chairperson: Jeffrey Youngquist

Professor: Thomas Discenna, Sharon L. Howell, Valerie Palmer-Mehta (director, Communication Program)

Associate professors: Kathleen M. Battles, Jacob Cayanus, Rose M. Cooper, Scott Crabill, Rebekah Farrugia, Kellie Hay, Jennifer M. Heisler, David L. Lau, Lily Mendoza, Erin Meyers, Adina Schneeweis, Robert Sidelinger (supervisor, Communication Internships), Jeffrey Youngquist

Assistant professors: Seungae (Suzy) Lee, Rebecca Mercado-Jones, Sam Srauy, Chiaoning Su

Special instructor: Elizabeth Talbert

Full-time adjunct instructors: Garry Gilbert (director, Journalism Program), Holly Shreve Gilbert, Christine Stover

Visiting instructor: Laura Fry

Lecturers in communication: Scott Burke, Lisa Campbell, Amanda Fylan, Paul Fugate, Lynn Hartshorn, Brian Hlavaty (supervisor, Journalism Internships),Timothy Johnston, Carol Anne Ketelsen, Stanislav Kozadayve, Jason Pennington, James Perkinson, Charles Rinehart, Martin Shafer, Debra Youngquist, Stefen Welch

Lecturers in journalism: Susan Evans, Kelly Kozlowski, Kim Madeleine, Judith Sawyer, Ritu Sehgal, Catherine Shafran, Kaniqua Daniel

Chief advisers: Elizabeth Talbert (Communication), Holly Shreve Gilbert (Journalism)


The Department of Communication and Journalism offers programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication or Journalism, with the opportunity to concentrate in several areas within each major. Courses are available in communication theory, interpersonal and organizational communication, media studies, rhetorical studies, critical/cultural studies, print and broadcast journalism, public relations, and advertising.

Departmental Honors and Scholarships

All communication and journalism majors with a minimum university grade point average of 3.00 and a minimum grade point average of 3.60 in the major are considered candidates for departmental honors. Honors are awarded to those candidates with the highest averages in major courses. The exact criterion varies from year to year and will be determined by the department on a yearly basis. The department awards the following scholarships: the Donald C.Hildum Scholarship for communication students demonstrating academic promise and community involvement, the Oakland Press Scholarship for excellence in journalism, the Bunting and Briggs Freedom of the Press Scholarship, the Richard D. French public relations tuition award and the Nancy A. French award.

Schedule of Classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.



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