Wayne State University

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Communication holds a central role in the mission of Wayne State University, one of the nation's leading urban research universities. The Department of Communication provides intensive study and practice in all aspects of human communication with emphases in journalism, film studies, radio-television, public relations, and speech communication. Both professional and scholarly approaches to the study of communication are embraced. More than 800 undergraduate majors and 250 graduate students enjoy working with more than 20 tenured or tenure track communication faculty who have superior scholarly and professional backgrounds.

The Department of Communication offers undergraduate programs in:

  • Broadcast Journalism - A major in Broadcast Journalism prepares students for a variety of careers.  Broadcast Journalism majors are employed in fields such as broadcasting, reporting, public relations, adverstising, newspaper, television and radio, newsletters and corporate publications, writing training programs, screen writing and writing books.
  • Film -The Film program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to examine cinema from a variety of perspectives: as a visual and narrative art form, as an important social and cultural force in the twentieth century, as an industry and as a technologically based communication medium.  Students who major in Film may be preparing for careers as film teachers, film librarians and archivists, film critics, script writers, or workers in film production.  Additional study at the graduate level is usually required to achieve these goals.
  • Film Studies *
  • Journalism - The journalism major provides comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of journalism. Areas covered include reporting, editing, feature writing, advertising, mass media and more. The skills you will learn in order to gather information, analyze it, and organize it into a news story will prepare you well for your further academic studies and for a wide variety of careers. A  major in journalism prepares you for a wide variety of careers in which gathering information and communicating it are important. Journalism majors are employed in fields such as reporting, editing, publishing, public relations, advertising, newspaper, television and radio, newsletters and corporate publications, writing training programs, screenwriting and writing books.
  • Media Arts and Studies - A major in Media Arts and Studies provides a background for students wishing to enter the broadcasting, cable or corporate video fields. Students will utilize studios and post-production facilities created exclusively for the Department of Communication. You will also have access to a wide range of courses in the department. Since the university is located in the heart of a large metropolitan area, there are great opportunities for students to know and work with communication professionals. Internships are possible with Detroit radio stations, television stations, cable and industrial video production companies.
  • Public Relations - Public relations is an exciting and challenging field which demands individuals with excellent communication skills and training. Most public relations classes are taught by faculty members who have professional experience in addition to their academic training. The practical applications of ethics are carefully considered. The program pays special attention to effective written and oral communication as well as developing a fundamental understanding of human communication and research methods. Public relations employment is diverse. Communications companies, television and radio stations, theatres, sports teams, corporations and non-profit organizations, trade associations, government and educational institutions all need people with management skills in public relations and communication.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations at University Center Macomb - This Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations major has been specifically designed for students at the University Macomb Center.
  • Communication Studies - A major in Speech Communication offers you an opportunity to develop excellent communication skills and a thorough knowledge of the theory of human communication. As a speech communication major, you will take a variety of courses in which you will develop exceptional skills in public speaking, interpersonal communication and group communication. Employers in business, government and education identify excellent communication skills as the most important quality they desire in hiring employees. The speech communication major is designed to help you develop exceptional skills in all aspects of communication, with particular emphasis on oral performance. Our general speech majors find careers in many different fields, including business, government, education, law and religion. Our alumni include lawyers, members of the clergy, communication consultants, managers and government officials.
  • Honors - The Communication Department Honors program offers capable students the opportunity to pursue independent study and to work closely with department faculty members.  Completion of the honors major results in an honors degree designation on the diploma.
  • Minors in Communication - A minor in Communication is an excellent addition to any undergraduate degree.  Skills learned in the various Communication fields help enhance students in almost any field and increase their appeal to potential employers.

*note* only students already enrolled in the Film Studies major may complete the course.  New students should declare the Film major.

Undergraduate students are also encouraged to participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Internships are available to undergraduate students at many metro area employers.
  • The Journalism Institute for Media Diversity affords journalism students scholarships and opportunities for professional growth and promotes diversity in the field of journalism.
  • Forensics competition promotes the development of argumentative and public speaking skills.
  • The PRSSA chapter gives public relations students the chance to enter the professional world.
  • The Society of Professional Journalists chapter offers journalism and other interested students opportunities to learn about the media through meetings with professionals and special programs.
  • Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). WSU's Lambda Theta chapter inducts outstanding communication students annually.