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Communication • Theatre Studies
Say it well.
Rigorous debate. Inspiring theatrical performances. And the tools you need to compete in today's global environment. These are just a few of the components of the communication program at Capital. Together they form a solid foundation for succeeding in the world today. At Capital, we understand the value of being able to communicate effectively. That's why we offer a broad-based curriculum that covers everything from mass media to theatre and public speaking to public relations.
The most brilliant thinkers and leaders are irrelevant if they can’t communicate their ideas effectively. A message means nothing if it’s not received with the intended impact. Communication is central to everything we do as human beings — how we interact, inform and persuade, how we express our ideas and our opinions. At Capital, you will learn how communication is used effectively in debate, electronic media and film, and public speaking. We’ll approach it from diverse perspectives, like performing arts, social sciences and the humanities. And to keep you at the forefront of industry trends, we'll also approach it across media, disciplines and skill sets — from print, film and digital to communication and public relations. Explore the program and course descriptions in our online course bulletin.
You will be exposed to research in the field and will learn to analyze and manage communication in every area of personal, public and professional interaction. When you graduate, you'll understand how human beings create and share meaning with each other and to be able to put that knowledge to good use in their everyday lives.
Many students use our program as a launch pad for law school, MBA programs, professional schools and graduate schools in a variety of social science and humanities disciplines. But not always. In fact, a growing number of undergraduates are attracted to our public relations, theatre studies, and electronic media and film programs. They understand that the world is changing, and they want to be prepared for what lies ahead.
Capital uses high-impact practices — teaching techniques and strategies like internships, undergraduate research and capstone projects proven to optimize student learning — across all of its programs. Communication students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of internship opportunities and work with professional organizations like Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Recent undergraduates have interned at places like NBC4-TV, WBNS-10TV, Mills James Productions, Eddie Bauer, OhioHealth, the State of Ohio, Ohio Office of Tourism and many more. As graduates, many of them have landed jobs at Nationwide, The Kroger Co., Walt Disney, Fahlgren-Mortine Public Relations, ESPN, Chase Manhattan Bank, and AT&T, to name a few. If you're excited about electronic media and film, you should consider our EMF program, which prepares students like you for careers in video production, media and creative industries. Our experiential projects let you try a career on for size, like being a DJ for our campus radio station, WXCU; creating content for our campus television network; or developing your talent as a writer, performer, videographer, editor, film critic and more. Whatever path you choose, you can be sure that Capital's Communication program will equip you with a strong liberal arts education and the skills you need to convey your message and be heard. At Capital, it's just one more way we prepare students to impact their world through a career they'll love.
Where you'll Go: Careers and Placement
In addition to the more obvious professional connections to public relations, broadcasting and teaching licensure, excellent communication skills are valued components in leadership positions in business and professional areas. They also serve as an excellent preparatory base for post-graduate education.Here's what some of our graduates are doing now:
Our professors bring out the best in you. We won't lie. They can be tough. But they're also your counselors, your mentors, and your biggest advocates. Meet a few below, or view our department directory.
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