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Recognize the power of your voice

In Alverno’s Communication program, you’ll learn to create and deliver high-powered messages — because being able to express ideas in clear and compelling ways will give you an edge in any profession you pursue.

Shape the Future
of Communication

 

 

Build a platform that’s personal and powerful

Do you love to pin it, post it or tweet it? Are teachers routinely praising your writing style? Do you use videos to share what’s on your mind? If so, a Communication degree may be right for you.

Alverno’s Communication degree will prepare you to imagine, create and deliver innovative communication using emerging technologies and effective strategies. You will gain essential, current knowledge while enjoying hands-on learning.

Our program blends core communication theory and tools with the latest digital production techniques to prepare graduates for success in a dynamic and growing field.

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  • “Women are already changing the field of communication. In this program, students will learn to effectively use social media for changing brands and changing the world.”

    Katie Klein-MurphyBoelter + Lincoln Marketing, Business Journal “40 Under 40” Class of 2015
  • “You will learn research and writing skills that apply to a variety of careers. You will learn excellent presentation strategies and tools for in-person or web delivery. And you will learn to believe in the power and value of your own voice. These abilities are core for success in a wide range of professions.”

    Jill Newton MooreAssociate Professor
  • “Alverno’s Communication degree allows you to pursue your unique interests. You may graduate a confident generalist or follow your passion to specialize in written, digital or visual communication.”

    Jean GroshekAssociate Professor
  • “Most other colleges offer separate programs in communication and information technology. We offer a distinctive approach that is integrative and responsive. Alverno Communication graduates will enter the professions with current skills, the ability to learn and strong networks.”

    Dawn BalistreriAssociate Professor

 

Enjoy Hands-on Learning

Courses include close faculty mentoring and peer support with an emphasis on projects that mirror the work you’ll do after you graduate.

Explore Communication Strategy and Change

Our digital age places technology at the center of education and work life. Employers in the field of communication seek thinkers and doers who balance strategic and tactical approaches. Basics like writing and public speaking remain vital. You also need to understand the power of social media and how to engage diverse and global audiences.

Alverno’s Communication degree explores fundamentals such as listening, persuasion, advocacy and project management across a range of media. Applied learning will give you a powerful base, enabling you to identify and explore your unique interests. You’ll deepen your engagement via a required internship and community-based learning experiences.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to pursue a wide variety of roles in business, government and nonprofits that rely on communication abilities. You’ll also have the skills to thrive in specialty areas like web/app development, public relations, advertising, media production or professional writing experiences.

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Program Outcomes

  1. Rhetorical Sensitivity

    You’ll learn how to create and deliver messages that consider audience, context, form, style and intention.

  2. Technological Fluency

    You’ll easily navigate changing technologies to critically analyze and ethically act in response to diverse needs.

  3. Creativity

    You’ll engage multiple imaginative strategies, appropriate technologies and effective communication techniques to express and interpret ideas.

  4. Leadership

    You’ll be prepared to address emergent needs and complex challenges in professional and community contexts.

  5. Adaptability

    You’ll readily integrate, synthesize and adapt your learning to an ever-changing environment.

Program details

Our courses will help you understand what’s happening in the field today and how to thrive in the future.

Core 24 Courses

COMM 200

Communication Foundation

Social media lab
COMM 220

Listening & Mindfulness

Audio lab
COMM 300

Communication Strategies

Digital collaboration lab
CCOMM 320

Media Studies

Video lab
COMM 340

Persuasion & Advocacy

Photography lab
COMM 340

Logic & Argumentation

Code lab
COMM 360

Project Management

Analytics lab
COMM 490

Communication Capstone

Open lab

Production Labs

COMM 320 Series

Production Lab I

Visual communication or
information technology
COMM 232 Presentations
COMM 234 Graphics
COMM 236 Websites
COMM 232 Components
COMM 235 Spreadsheets
COMM 237 Databases
Choice
Choice
Choice
COMM 330 Series

Production Lab II

Emerging technologies
COMM 331 Mobile apps
COMM 332 Data viz
COMM 233 Open source
Choice
Choice
Choice
COMM 370 Series

Production Lab III

Media choice
COMM 371 Advanced audio & Internet radio
COMM 372 Advanced photography
COMM 374 Advanced digital publishing
COMM 376 Advanced web design
COMM 378 Advanced digital video
COMM 379 Advanced social media

Electives:

300 or 400 level

Elective

300 or 400 level

Elective

INTERN 383

Internship

Program details

Choose the perfect complement to coursework in any major.

Core Courses

COMM 200

Communication Foundations

Social media lab
COMM

Core Option

Embedded lab

Production Labs — Choose Two

COMM 230 Series

Production Lab I

Visual communication or
information technology
COMM 330 Series

Production Lab II

Emerging technologies
COMM 370 Series

Production Lab III

Media choice

Electives:

300 or 400 level

Elective

300 or 400 level

Elective

Core 24 Specifics

Core 24 courses offer immersive experiences with the most essential theories, tools and techniques used in the field of communication. Each core course includes a digital production lab. Guided by your professors and inspired by your peers, you’ll become digitally savvy, globally aware and fluent with core communication knowledge.

Majors take all eight courses. Minors take COMM 200 and choose one additional core course.

COMM 200 Communication Foundations
Students learn about core communication theories, career prospects, and community resources. The instructor guides students to identify a focus or specialization to pursue in future coursework. Students experiment with communication forms, creativity, and technology tools. The course includes a lab that explores social media, including its role in developing professional identity.

COMM 220 Listening & Mindfulness
Students learn about listening and mindfulness. The instructor guides students to use mindfulness strategies to enhance learning and wellness. Students gain experience in a variety of listening contexts involving diverse perspectives. The course includes a lab that explores audio production, including making samples, playlists and field recordings.

COMM 300 Communication Strategies
Students learn communication theories, frameworks, and practices that support effective interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication. Students practice listening, speaking, writing, and analysis in a variety of contexts using project-based learning. The course includes lab that explores methods and tools for effective digital collaboration.

COMM 320 Media Studies
Students investigate contemporary media, including perspectives from theory, research, and practice. Students develop media literacy along with creative approaches to media production and interpretation. The course includes a lab that explores video, including storyboarding, collecting moving images, editing and sharing on the web.

COMM 340 Persuasion & Advocacy
Audience and message analysis are powerful tools as we engage in advocacy in local and global communities. Students apply persuasive theories and frameworks through analytical reading, scholarly writing and digital presentations. The course includes a lab that explores digital photography, including photojournalism and sharing images via social media.

COMM 360 Logic & Argumentation
Students learn how to produce logical conclusions through the systematic formulation of information and reason, as well as the principles of argumentation and debate. Students practice applying research and analysis with an emphasis on storytelling, issue framing and evidentiary quality. The course includes a lab that introduces students to code and digital logic.

COMM 380 Project Management
Using technological tools and applying essential planning and problem solving concepts, students manage a semester-long project using Project Management Institute guidelines. The course includes a lab to develop proficiency with analytics.

COMM 490 Communication Capstone
Students refine cognitive, affective and technical abilities in a culminating experience demonstrating fluency with core communication theories and practices. As students prepare to move from undergraduate learning to professional employment or graduate studies, the capstone experience will strengthen defined interests and showcase advanced abilities. The course includes an open lab to support portfolio development.

Production Lab Specifics

Production labs are offered in flexible four-week units that use hybrid delivery (alternating weeks in a classroom and online). You’ll “learn how to learn” a range of tools used in digital production so you’ll be able to adapt easily to new technologies throughout your career.

Majors take 9 credits of production labs at levels I, II and III. Minors take 6 credits selected from any level.

COMM 230 Production Lab I: Visual Communication
Students create and share messages using presentation media, graphics and websites. Students learn design principles and a variety of tools to produce informed and effective visuals. Students build critical thinking skills and apply visual communication research to practical problems.

COMM 231 Production Lab I: Information Technology
Students develop proficiency using computer components, spreadsheets and databases. Students learn principles related to information management and a variety of tools to produce effective communication. Students build critical thinking skills and apply communication and information technology research to practical problems.

COMM 330 Production Lab II: Emerging Technologies
Students explore trends using a changing array of communication and information technologies, such as mobile applications, data visualization and open source. Students build critical thinking skills and apply communication and information technology research to practical problems.

COMM 371 Production Lab III: Advanced Audio & Internet Radio
Students gain experience in digital audio production, including producing podcasts, editing music tracks and curating playlists. Students learn principles related to audio content development and a variety of tools to produce and share effective digital communication.

COMM 372 Production Lab III: Advanced Photography
Students gain experience in digital photography, including compositional strategies, camera features, image editing and aesthetic traditions. Students learn principles related to visual communication and a variety of tools to produce and share effective digital imagery.

COMM 374 Production Lab III: Advanced Digital Publishing
Students gain experience in digital publishing, including design strategies and creating several forms of print media. Students learn principles related to visual communication and a variety of tools to produce and share effective digital publications.

COMM 376 Production Lab III: Advanced Web Design
Students gain experience in web design, including design principles and basic HTML. Students explore and analyze a variety of hardware, software, platforms and applications used to support contemporary website development.

COMM 378 Production Lab III: Advanced Digital Video
Students gain experience in digital video production, including compositional strategies, camera features, editing software and aesthetic effects. Students learn principles related to visual communication and a variety of tools to create and share effective digital productions.

COMM 379 Production Lab III: Advanced Social Media
Students gain experience in social media, including profiles, posts, feeds, lists and metrics across a range of professional platforms. Students learn principles related to managing messages and contacts, as well as a variety of tools to create, share and analyze social media content.

Enter a
Dynamic Field

You’ll become fluent in a full range of effective communication strategies needed for career success.

Connect with Interests and Opportunities

Communication is an incredibly dynamic field so we give special attention to helping you set realistic goals driven by your individual interests and inspiring opportunities. Each Communication course involves close faculty mentoring and peer support with an emphasis on projects that mirror the work you’ll do after you graduate.

For example, in our core Communication Strategies course, you’ll practice interpersonal, small group and organizational communication using simulations and real-world scenarios. You’ll also gain experience working with key digital collaboration techniques and platforms used in the field. The result is that you’ll be fluent in a range of effective communication strategies needed for success.

Whether you seek a career in a creative agency, nonprofit organization, small business, politics, corporation or social entrepreneurship, your Alverno Communication degree will help you get there. We blend tried-and-true, traditional concepts with today’s technologies to prepare graduates to innovate and lead in a range of professional settings.

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  • “The benefit of internships and hands-on client projects is that you’ll learn professional standards. And because technology makes the world smaller, global understanding is essential. A program with so much digital exposure is an added benefit.”

    Nancy HernandezAbrazo Multicultural Marketing
  • “Women are already changing the field of communication. In this program, students will learn to effectively use social media for changing brands and changing the world.”

    Katie Klein-MurphyBoelter + Lincoln Marketing and Business Journal 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

What Do COMM Graduates Do?

Alverno graduates work in nonprofits, small businesses, creative agencies, major corporations and social entrepreneurship. A communication degree is an asset in a range of professions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career prospects in Communication are bright.