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Facts About Professional Communications
Sometimes you want to do it all—narrowing options is simply not the way forward. You want a degree that allows you to tap into your diverse talents and fits your vision. Pursuing a degree in Communications at Wheeling Jesuit University lets you to take your creativity and couple it with an academic program which explores the multiple opportunities that open up to you when you are an expert in human interaction and information exchange. You can tailor your career to your personal interests, whether they be in writing, speaking, new media, or emerging communications technologies. The possibilities are endless.
Why choose Wheeling Jesuit University?

Wheeling Jesuit’s Communications Program offers two potential majors. If you want a broader, more general preparation, you can choose to major in Communication Studies. Alternatively, if you want to specialize in a specific area of communication, you can major in Professional Communications and focus your studies in areas such as contemporary media, corporate communications, graphic design, or web communications. Either way, our program is unique because you can customize it to reflect what interests you most. Close interaction and dialogue with a faculty advisor allows for a more customized approach to the curriculum. Seminar courses each semester will help you develop your professional contacts through job shadowing, networking, resume preparation, internships, practicums, interviews and professional juries.
Professional Communications

At Wheeling Jesuit, majors in Professional Communications choose from three pre-professional tracks: 
• Contemporary Media
Elective courses in journalism, broadcasting, film making, media studies and creative writing
• Corporate Communication
Elective courses in public relations, advertising, health communication, political communication and law, and environmental communication
• Graphic Design and Web Communication
Elective courses in graphic design, Web authoring, Web mastering, and Internet entrepreneurship
Communication Studies

A major in Communication Studies focuses on preparing you for further education at the graduate level or for general entry-level communication and business professions. This major provides a global approach to Communication Studies and will expose you to electives within the Communications major along with complementary courses in other disciplines.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a program in Communications that is more progressive, more customizable, more dynamic and more focused than what is offered at Wheeling Jesuit.

What can you do with a degree in Communications?

As a communications specialist, you can work in advertising, publications, broadcast or online media, research and development, human resources, sales and marketing, and in corporate training departments. You can do contract work as a freelancer, for a consulting or public relations firm, in the Foreign Service, in all three branches of government, in labor unions, non-profit organizations, in the medical services field, and at colleges, universities, technical and vocational schools.
Moreover, a Professional Communications degree can be coupled with other interests to create an educational portfolio suitable for graduate work in multiple disciplines such as law, business, social work, psychology and education.

As a communications generalist, you will be well-equipped to pursue graduate study in fields like journalism, public relations, communications, and other social science areas as well as enter into careers in sales, retail, and business.

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