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UD Communciation majors attending class.
Areas of Emphasis
All students interested in Communication at the University of Delaware will take a set of five core classes mostly across their first and second years.
To fulfill the remainder of the Communication-based requirements to complete the major, students will choose between one of the three concentrations detailed below:
Media Communication focuses on the analysis, explanation, and interpretation of mediated forms of communication, such as television, film, radio, newspapers, and books. The emphasis is on theories of communication that help explain the historical development of the mass media, and the effects of these media on social, institutional, and interpersonal formation. Students are able to acquire experience in the techniques and methods of media production, but emphasis is on theory and basic principles, rather than on specific preparation for a particular role in a communication organization.
Interpersonal Communication focuses on the forms of communication that occur among individuals and groups. The orientation of this concentration focuses on theoretical principles that can be successfully applied for the understanding of communication as it occurs within the widest range of personal, business, and social settings.
Public Relations focuses on applying communcation models and theories to the public relations planning process. Students will recognize the importance of ethical principles, diversity and inclusion competencies, and legal considerations in the practice of public relations. Upon completion of the concentration, students will be able to demonstrate a wide range of technical skills, such as writing, media relations, public speaking, and social media management in order to create strategic communication campaigns reflecting the four-step management process of public relations.
What's Special About the Department?
Facilities, Resources, and Opportunities for Experience
Graduates of our program have careers in a variety of communication-related fields. These include:
Other graduates of our program have entered graduate school or law school, where a concentration in media law has proved a natural path to follow.
Advising in Communication
First- and second-year students are assigned an advisor within the College of Arts and Sciences' Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS). In their third year, Communication students are assigned to a full-time faculty member within the department to assist them on their path to graduation. Students are encouraged to visit their advisor regularly to plan their course of study and for general academic information and advice. The department also encourages students to visit their advisors with any academic issues as well as to discuss plans for the future, such as careers or graduate school.
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