Communications

Charles A. Cannon College of Arts and Sciences

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS

At Wingate University, communication majors build a solid foundation by taking courses that help them sharpen their public speaking and mass, interpersonal and group communication skills. They prepare for careers in many forms of media, including TV, radio and the Internet. If you want a career where top-notch communication skills are an absolute must, this is the program you need.

Once you declare a communication major, you choose one of the three areas of emphasis or one concentration.

Public Relations

With a public relations emphasis, you learn how to develop long- and short-term strategy and shape strong narratives with decisive communication goals. You learn how to write well and work under pressure, while capturing your readers’ attention.

Public relations is grounded in the real world. You’ll look at actual cases to understand how PR campaigns work. You’ll develop a portfolio of your own writing, examine current trends in the field and take on an internship to bolster your study with behind-the-scenes experience.

Make the conversation about you (or your client). Public relations graduates go on to careers at agencies and as in-house personnel at organizations across multiple industries. They work in PR, advertising, sales, marketing and communications for global companies.

Rhetoric and Performance

No matter what career path you choose, the ability to craft a cohesive argument for your point of view and to convince others will be an asset. If you’re interested in pursuing a career with a focus on strong oral communication skills, the Department of Communication and Art offers a communication major with a concentration in rhetoric and performance.

The Power of Speech

Picture yourself at the podium. Through critical thinking and the ability to write well, you have crafted and delivered a persuasive case for your ideas. During your course of study, you have examined the impact culture has on communication and studied the best ways to convey ideas to a diverse audience. You understand the fundamentals of public speaking, including how to maintain your composure and deal with stage fright. Acquiring these skills means possessing the ability to deliver a message that people hear. Up there, you’re unstoppable.

Core and Onward

If all the world’s a stage, you’ll want to get out there as soon as possible. Beginning with the communication core of courses, you gain a firm understanding of communication principles. Rhetoric electives, advanced coursework and hands-on opportunities through internships round out your education.

Careers to Consider

Spread the word(s) and apply all you learn at Wingate University in the workplace. Rhetoric graduates often opt for careers in law, writing or teaching. Many alumni further their study by attending graduate school.

Journalism and Mass Media

With this focus for your communication degree, you learn to tell a story through print, digital and video formats. You study the ethics of a career in the media. And you develop the ability to engage a diverse audience, a necessity in our globalized society.

WUTV, our state-of-the-art on-campus television station, offers the perfect training ground for future journalists. Get involved with writing, shooting, editing and on-air work, and get an early jump on your career.

Whether you’re an aspiring columnist, TV anchor or new media expert, you’ll want a specialized foundation for your future in the industry. Hands-on courses and internships shape your readiness for the workplace. Since our campus is close to Charlotte (30 miles to downtown), a major U.S. media hub, our students enjoy exclusive opportunities for field trips, internships and networking.

A journalist needs to know a little bit about a lot of things. Our students begin with core and communication fundamentals. A broad liberal arts background proves essential for research skills and cultural literacy. From there, you move on to your advanced electives.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Communications majors at Wingate earn either a BS or BA degree. Students may also minor in communications. 

COMMUNICATIONS FOUR YEAR PLAN

The Four Year Academic Plans are standard templates for how a degree can be completed in eight (8) consecutive Fall & Spring semesters.  There is varying flexibility in the exact course sequence depending upon individual student circumstances, major curriculum and course availability.  Students should consult with their Faculty Advisor for course sequencing, degree planning and other considerations.  Students are ultimately responsible for their degree planning.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The theory is only the beginning. Communication majors apply their studies to real work experience. In addition to regular courses, you’ll be matched with internships in areas such as public relations, journalism and mass media. You can also flex your new communication muscles at WUTV, the campus TV station. If writing’s your thing, try The Weekly Triangle, our student-led newspaper, or a multi-platform internship. Other career opportunities are available through Wingate University’s chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. This support network for communication students is the National Association of Communication’s way of promoting you and the field.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Make the degree work for you. Graduates leave Wingate University well prepared for careers in editing and publishing, sports journalism, advertising, broadcasting, and media and public relations. Others apply their interpersonal, organizational and public speaking mastery to any number of possible positions.

PROGRAM CONTACT 

Dr. Keith L. Cannon

704-233-8161

cannon@wingate.edu