Communicationnext

Learn how to broadcast yourself and others with a communication degree at Medaille.

Prepare for the Workplace 

You’ve been working toward this moment for most of your professional career. You've earned your way up from marketing intern, to public relations manager and now, partner. As you stand in front of a room full of company executives and begin your advertising pitch for a multimillion dollar account, you think back to where it all began; as a communication major at Medaille College.

Are you interested in digital media production, advertising, public relations or journalism? Then buckle up! Few fields are as fast-paced, exciting and dynamic as the world of communication, and that’s why Medaille gives you as much hands-on experience in the industry as possible before you graduate with your bachelor’s degree.

  • Quality: Your academics stretch beyond the classroom with field trips to local studios, marketing agencies and more.
    • See firsthand how the world of broadcasting news works at Channel 2 WGRZ.
    • Experience how full marketing campaigns are conceptualized and implemented at The Martin Group.
  • Options: Get straight to work with three required internships. That’s three semesters of work experience and connections that last a lifetime all before you even graduate.
    • You can find an opportunity at every local television and radio station, several major sports franchises and a number of local and national PR and advertising firms.
    • Select and shape your placements to meet your career goals.
    • Each internship is different, offering you the broadest exposure to the industry that interests you the most.
    • Want a career in sports information? Be an assistant SID for the Medaille Mavericks.
  • Connections: Medaille’s practitioner faculty are some of the most well-connected media professionals not only in Buffalo, but in the whole country. You learn from experienced communication professionals such as news directors, editors and producers.
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Go Places 

Everyone from the corporate world and government needs people who can communicate effectively. While at Medaille, you actively engage with the local community and develop skills in the field.

  • Design web applications for local sheriffs’ departments and the Buffalo Police Department.
  • Direct social media and advertising for the NFTA.
  • Network at the Buffalo Broadcasters Association BEMA Awards.

And once you join the workforce full-time, you find rewarding careers fulfilling these communication needs. You can find Medaille alumni everywhere. Find yourself in one of these careers:

  • Capture late-breaking developments as a videographer for Time Warner News.
  • Design new advertisements as a marketing representative at Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel.
  • Provide your audience with the latest updates as an assistant news director for WBFO.
  • Research analytics and develop strategies as Director of Results for Entercom Communications. 
  • Lead as the editor of a national magazine.
  • Publish quarterly reports as Vice President for Corporate Communications at M&T Bank
  • Interact with listeners as you spin the latest tunes as an on-air personality at 103.3 The Edge.
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Live a Life of Opportunity 

Medaille focuses on personal connections. Close relationships among students, professors and alumni is one of the hallmarks of a Medaille education. Medaille students are successful because of the strong bonds they make.

  • Get support: You’re never left to figure your future out on your own. As a member of the Medaille family, you always have a bright mind to turn to for guidance. You get focused, frequent and career-oriented advisement from our professional staff.
  • Meet future colleagues: Looking to meet broadcasting, print and marketing professionals? Attend or present at the annual Media Awards Luncheon.
    • The communication department’s traditional “Freshmen Welcome” and “Senior Recognition” luncheons are great opportunities for mentorship and making professional contacts.
  • Continue to learn: Medaille’s extensive alumni network is always there to help. Alumni are regularly back on campus for panels, workshops and networking, which often results in internships and jobs for Medaille students.
  • Get noticed: Ready to start your career? Medaille’s Career Planning Center offers workshops to sharpen your resume-writing, interviewing skills and teach you professional etiquette so you can land your dream job.
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Stay Active 

In a fast-paced industry like communications, it’s essential to keep moving and stay up-to-date, and Medaille makes sure you remain active with:

So if you’re looking for a personal atmosphere to start your career in a fun, fast and global industry, look no further than Medaille’s communication program. It’s not only where you meet the art of delivering messages, it’s where college meets career.

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Courses & Curriculum 

Communication

Bachelor of Science Degree

2014-2015


Please consult the most recent Undergraduate Academic Catalog, available online at http://www.medaille.edu/academics/academic-catalogs, for the official listing of courses for this program.

 

Mission

Medaille College concentrates on excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on personal attention to its diverse student body. Its curriculum provides a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with early access to career-oriented education. The faculty and all of those involved in the mission of education challenge students and themselves to the highest possible standards of achievement, but that challenge is balanced by support for every individual student and a concern that each one succeeds.


General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3)**

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

 

Major Requirements (39 credits)

COM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

COM 110 Journalism in the Digital Era (3)

COM 130 Survey of Broadcasting: History, Programming and Operations (3)

COM 150 Media Promotions and Marketing (3)

COM 200 Digital Media Production (3)

COM 211 Mass Media Writing (3)

COM 300 Introduction to Communication Theory (3)

COM 311 Social Media Strategies (3)

COM 355 Theory of Media Criticism (3)

COM 400 Communication Law and Ethics (3)

COM 475 Media and Society Seminar (3)

COM (Any) Communication Elective (3)

COM (300/400) Communication Elective (3)

 

Internships (12 Credits)

COM 277 Field Experience I (3)

COM 377 Field Experience II (3)

COM 477 Field Experience III (6)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (24 credits)

Liberal Arts and Science electives (choose any three LAS courses) (9 credits)

300/400 level Liberal Arts and Science electives (choose two LAS courses) (6 credits)

PHI 200 Logic or PHI 300 Ethics (3)

SPE 315 Advanced Public Speaking (3)

HIS (Any) History Elective (3)

 

Free Electives (12 credits)

May include any College course.

 

Total 120 credit hours

 

*Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.

 

**Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.

 

 

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Meet the Faculty of the Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

  • Douglas Anderson
    Faculty

    Douglas Anderson, M.F.A.

    Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M207

    Phone: (716) 880-2114

    Email: danderson@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): English
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  • Alan Bigelow
    Faculty

    Alan Bigelow, Ph.D.

    Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M229

    Phone: (716) 880-2244

    Email: abigelow@medaille.edu

    Program(s): English
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  • Terri Borchers
    Faculty

    Terri Borchers, Ph.D., J.D.

    Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M212

    Phone: (716) 880-2151

    Email: tborchers@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): English
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  • Faculty

    Matthew H. Bowker, Ph.D.

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: 81H

    Phone: (716) 880-2570

    Email: mhb34@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
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  • Timothy Dzierba
    Faculty

    Timothy Dzierba, Ph.D.

    Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M209

    Phone: (716) 880-2248

    Email: TDzierba@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
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  • K. Patrick Fazioli
    Faculty

    K. Patrick Fazioli, Ph.D.

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication, Honors Program Director

    Office: M226

    Phone: (716) 880-2152

    Email: kpf27@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
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  • Courtney Grim
    Faculty

    Courtney Grim, M.F.A.

    Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M029

    Phone: (716) 880-2279

    Email: cgrim@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
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  • Erika Hamann
    Faculty

    Erika Hamann, M.A.

    Visiting Instructor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M204

    Phone: (716) 880-2293

    Email: ehamann@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): English
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  • Mary Louise Hill
    Faculty

    Mary Louise Hill, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M210

    Phone: (716) 880-2228

    Email: mlhill@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): English
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  • Faculty

    Matthew C. Kotula, M.F.A.

    Visiting Instructor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Email: Matthew.C.Kotula@medaille.edu

    Program(s): English
  • Daniel Kotzin
    Faculty

    Daniel Kotzin, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M224

    Phone: (716) 880-2318

    Email: daniel.p.kotzin@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
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  • Mark Lavatelli
    Faculty

    Mark Lavatelli, M.A., M.F.A

    Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M228

    Phone: (716) 880-2249

    Email: mlavatelli@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
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  • Lisa Marsherall
    Faculty

    Lisa Marsherall, M.A.

    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication, Program Director, Communications, Advisor, MCTV

    Office: M023

    Phone: (716) 880-2233

    Email: Lisa.M.Marsherall@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Communication
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  • Faculty

    Andrew Marsherall, M.A.

    Visiting Professor of Communications

    Office: M031

    Phone: (716) 88-2819

    Email: Andrew.Marsherall@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Communication
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  • Lee Nisbet
    Faculty

    Lee Nisbet, Ph.D.

    Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M223

    Phone: (716) 880-2301

    Email: Arthur.Lee.Nisbet@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
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  • Louis Pozantides
    Faculty

    Louis Pozantides, M.S. Ed.

    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication, Advisor, WMCB

    Office: M025

    Phone: (716) 880-2164

    Email: lpozantides@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Communication
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  • John Schedel
    Faculty

    John Schedel, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M231

    Phone: (716) 880-2300

    Email: jschedel@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Communication
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  • Faculty

    Bridgette Slavin, Ph.D.

    Visiting Instructor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Email: bks49@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Liberal Studies
  • Alice Villaseñor
    Faculty

    Alice Villaseñor, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Communication

    Office: M206

    Phone: (716) 880-2217

    Email: alice.m.villasenor@medaille.edu

    Program(s): English
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