Nov 13, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

School of Communication

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Professors Desmond, Duran, Ellis, Jassem, Kelly, Muppidi (Director), Siegel
Associate Professors Banks, Grantham, Jacobs, Kovacic
Assistant Professors Comeforo
Visiting Assistant Professor Nancy Cohen

The School of Communication houses both the Communication and Cinema  majors.

The undergraduate major in communication provides students with an opportunity to acquire understanding of the process and impact of communication in a variety of contexts.

In addition to acquiring a broad awareness of the role of communication in society, students choose an emphasis in one of the following areas: (1) Advertising and Public Relations, (2) Communication Studies, or (3) Media and Journalism.

Students majoring in communication generally apply their learning in one of two ways. First, they might work in an explicitly communication-related field, such as journalism or other area of publishing, traditional or new media, public relations, or advertising. Alternatively, our graduates often work in the communication departments of companies that are not themselves part of the communication industry. This might include nonprofit association management, events planning, or human resources, as well as a host of communication-related functions in such settings as healthcare organizations and educational settings.

For practical communication experience, students may participate in such activities as the Public Relations Student Society of America; the annual Advertising Competition; WWUH (FM) or WSAM (AM/FM) radio; the Student Television Network, which produces the weekly Channel 2 newscast; Hawk Sports Television; and the student newspaper, The Informer. Qualified communication majors may also seek membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the discipline’s national honor society.

The school also offers an extensive internship program for all qualified majors in such settings as commercial or educational television and radio stations, weekly and daily newspapers, public relations firms, advertising agencies, and various public and private corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Internships provide an opportunity for practical experience in a student’s chosen area of study. In addition, the school offers study abroad opportunities, and a chance to spend a semester in Washington, D.C.

Students may also assist in communication research conducted by the faculty.

Accelerated Master of Arts Degree in Communication

The purpose of this program is to enable a University of Hartford student to complete both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication in five years. This program is designed for exceptional undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and who know in their junior year that they wish to pursue a master’s degree.

In order to qualify for the program, a student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 based on a minimum of 70 credits and have a GPA of at least 3.25 in the communication major based on a minimum of 18 credits. Students must apply by April 1 of their junior year. These students will complete the standard application for graduate study, including three letters of recommendation (two of which must come from faculty in the School of Communication). The application will be reviewed by the graduate director and the Admissions Committee of the School of Communication. Students will be informed of the school’s decision by the end of the semester.

If given conditional acceptance to the Master of Arts program, students will meet with the graduate director to develop a schedule of courses that satisfies the 120 credit hours required for the B.A. plus the additional 33 graduate credit hours required for the M.A. degree. The student should meet with the graduate director in April of the junior year to plan a timetable for completion of the two degrees.

Interested students should contact the graduate program director in the School of Communication.


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