School of Communications

Dean: Professor Parsons

Associate Deans: Associate Professor Grady, Professor Gaither

Department Chair: Associate Professor Gisclair

Associate Department Chairs: Professor Makemson and Associate Professor Lellis

Professors: J. Anderson, Barnett, Copeland (A.J. Fletcher Professor)

Associate Professors: B. Anderson, Bush, N. Clark, Costello, M. Frontani, Hannam, Hatcher, Haygood, Lackaff, Landesberg, B. Lee, B. Miller, Motley, T. Nelson, Padgett, Scott, Skube, Sturgill, Ward-Johnson, Xu

Assistant Professors: Albright, Bockino, Bravo, Fadaam, Gibson, Goodwin, Haq, Hill, Hwang, W. Johnson, Kass, McMerty, Moner, Negin, Osman, Strauss, Tonkins, Triche, Walsh

Senior Lecturer: Piland

Lecturers: Saltz, Vincent

Visiting Associate Professor: Doorley

Instructors: C. Donohue, Eisner, Fox, J. Jones, Lashley, Lavoie, Sabo, Totten

The School of Communications prepares students to think, write and produce meaningful information in a digital and global age. Communications students choose among five majors:

Consult each major program of study for specific course requirements. All of the majors share a common core curriculum.

Courses in the major are combined with a liberal arts education to provide students with breadth of knowledge and insight about the world around them.

Outside of class, students participate in student news organizations (The Pendulum and Elon Local News), entertainment programming (Elon Student Television), a radio station (WSOE-FM), the university yearbook (Phi Psi Cli), a student cinema organization (CinElon), a documentary production program (elondocs), a sports show that airs on ESPN2 in the state (Phoenix Weekly), and a full-service student agency (Live Oak Communications).

The School of Communications is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). Elon University is one of only 18 private universities in the nation to have an accredited communications school.

For all Communications majors:

ACCREDITATION RULE: All students must complete at least 72 credit hours outside of Communications (COM).

REQUIRED INTERNSHIP: All students must complete an off-campus professional internship in communications. Students enroll in COM 381 for one or two credit hours, based on at least 80 work-hours per credit hour. Students may apply up to a total of four credit hours of COM 381 toward graduation. (COE Co-op Work Experience credit does not count toward the major or toward the 72 hours required outside of Communications.)

REQUIRED MINOR, DOUBLE MAJOR OR SEMESTER ABROAD: To promote academic depth, all students must complete a minor or double major outside of Communications (COM) or complete a semester abroad (totaling 12 credit hours or more) in an Elon-approved program.

DOUBLE MAJOR OPTION: To encourage students to consider a double major, eight hours of COM electives are waived for any student completing a double major outside of Communications (COM). For example, a student double majoring in journalism and history would need a total of 44 COM hours instead of the normal 52 hours. This option is not available for those completing a BFA in Cinema and Television Arts.

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