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Communication

Communication

Program Description

Whether you want to be a broadcast journalist, newspaper reporter, videographer, documentary producer, writer, editor, or public relations specialist, AUM’s Communication degree will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical training you need. The skills you’ll develop in verbal and written communication will also equip you for a variety of careers outside of the media such as those in government and non-profit agencies.

Choose from two concentrations: Journalism, Public Relations

Points of Pride

  • AUM broadcast journalism students regularly get internships at media outlets such as WSFA-TV, WAKA-TV, WCOV-TV, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and Alabama News Network.
  • Public Relations students can intern in local organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, Raycom Media, and Baptist Hospital, among others.
  • Journalism students can intern at the Montgomery Advertiser and local media outlets such as RSVP Montgomery magazine.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Jobs in media and communications are projected to grow by 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, which means that some 27,4000 new jobs will be created. This growth will be fueled by the demand for information and the need to generate, edit, and disseminate it through television, radio, the internet, and traditional publishing. The most recent median annual wage for media and communications occupations was $52,370 — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.


U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

$52,470 per year

11% (6,400 more jobs)

Public Relations Specialists

$55,680 per year

6% (14,900 more jobs)

Writers and Authors

$58,850 per year

2% (3,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Communication and Theatre

Auburn University at Montgomery

Liberal Arts 223

334-244-3379

www.cas.aum.edu/departments/communication-and-theatre/communication

Soaring Warhawks

  • Sarah Baker is on full scholarship in the International Media master's program in the School of Journalism at American University.
  • Morghan Prude had an original song featured on the Disney XD animated series “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja,” interned at both Titmouse Studio in Los Angeles and at WAKA in Montgomery, and works as a videographer and editor at WAKA.
  • Lisa Ranieri is a morning producer at WAKA.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Communication major includes:


Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

COMM 1010 or COMM 2212

Introduction to Human Communication or Public Speaking

 

  • Introduction to Human Communication: An introduction to the basic concepts involved in the study of speech communication and the application of these concepts through performance in various contexts, such as interpersonal, small group and public address.
  • Public Speaking: Structure, style and delivery of various types of speeches for different occasions. Theory and study of current examples combined with practice.

COMM 2100

Mass Media and Culture

Mass Media and Culture: A critical examination of the purposes, functions and effects of the mass media on individuals, institutions, culture and social structure.

COMM 2703

Media Writing I

Media Writing I: An introduction to basic writing skills in the mass media.

COMM 2743

Media Writing II

Media Writing II: Introduction to print and electronic information gathering. Writing and editing practice.

COMM 4820

Media Law and Ethics

Media Law and Ethics: Origins and background of laws governing the mass media; consideration of ethical problems of the media.

COMM 4130

Research Methods

Research Methods: Stresses familiarity with journals in the field; examines methods of research in communication. Intended to increase student understanding of research literature, including experimental design, subject of selection, instrumentation, rules of inference and theory testing.

 

 

 

Electives

Foreign Language (8 semester hours)

Social Science

Communication Electives (22 semester hours)

General Electives (9 semester hours)

 

 

 

Journalism Track Required Courses

COMM 2783

Broadcast Journalism

 

COMM 3743

Advanced Media Writing

 

COMM 3760

Video Production

 

 

 

 

Public Relations Track Required Courses

COMM 3800

Public Relations I

Public Relations I: Principles and practice of publicity and public relations programs and planning. Case studies.

COMM 3843

Writing for Public Relations

Writing for Public Relations: Forms and styles of public relations writing, stressing essential skills of written communication needed in public relations.

COMM 4800

Public Relations II

Public Relations II: Case study work on public relations problems for the university and the community.