Feb 24, 2020  
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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222 Eisenberg Building

Communication Department

The central mission of the Department of Communication at Slippery Rock university of Pennsylvania is to foster our students’ abilities to be socially competent citizens and to find meaningful employment through high-quality educational experiences.

Because communication underlies all human pursuits, we seek to prepare students with the ethical standards necessary to preserve the ideals of democratic free expression. We also seek to develop their abilities to produce, distribute, analyze and critically consume communication. In keeping with this mission, we will continue to offer courses that serve the needs and goals of all students from across the university.

Maintaining the tradition of study of communication as a liberal art, and recognizing the often-blurred boundaries among communication specialties, we continue to offer an integrated Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition, we now offer a Bachelor of Science degree designed to provide the greatest focused preparation for students.

Our Key areas in the Bachelor of Science for the development of professional expertise include: Public Relations, Journalism and Emerging Technology & Multimedia.


Thomas Flynn

Assistant Chair
Mark Banks

Marilyn Garczynski

Mark Banks, Brett Barnett, Trudy Bayer, Mark Chase, Thomas Flynn, Jennifer Foster, Joseph Harry, James Laux, Ray Pastore, Christine Pease-Hernandez, Li Pu, Katrina Quinn, Thomas Stewart, Valerie Swarts, Amy Walters, Mark Zeltner

Communication is the means whereby relationships are created and sustained. Studying communication offers students the opportunity to learn about communication as well as to prepare for careers as widely diverse as broadcasting, audio and video production, web site and electronic graphics design, interactive multimedia production, journalism, public relations, speech and public address, and other related professions.

The Department of Communication offers both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. The BA emphasizes a broad liberal arts approach to communication, with five emphasis areas that include broadcasting/media production, public relations and corporate communication, print and broadcast journalism, emerging technologies and multimedia, and speech communication.

The BS degree emphasizes a more concentrated, skill-based approach in one of three tracks: public relations, journalism, and emerging technologies and multimedia.

Students in either degree program will have courses available in several areas. In broadcasting and emerging technologies, courses cover not only the traditional audio and video media, but also multimedia, web design, streaming media, and digital recording and editing in a multimedia laboratory. The explosion of technology and e-commerce has created a huge demand for individuals who can design, produce, and evaluate multimedia programs.

Courses in public and corporate communication cover such areas as public relations writing and campaign design, traditional and new media communication formats, Internet and intranet-based resources, and the latest desktop publishing, graphics, and corporate media capabilities.

Students emphasizing journalism study both the basics of print and broadcast journalism, plus advanced courses in journalism applications, including opportunities for involvement with the campus newspaper, radio, television, and Internet streaming and publishing. The department’s active internship program affords qualified students in all areas the opportunity to test and develop their knowledge and skills.

Throughout the communication program at Slippery Rock, there is an emphasis on the integration of all communication forms and media. By completing a core of courses distributed among all the areas of communication, students are prepared in an all-encompassing array of concepts and skill development in this fast-changing discipline.

The all digital Television Studio, a three-camera color facility, located at 101 Vincent Science Hall, is a newly remodeled facility with a  control room, offices, and the studio. The television news: studio production, television news: field production, and the broadcast announcing classes use the facility as a component of the broadcast journalism curriculum. The offices of the student production organization, WSRU-TV, are also located at the facility. This student organization produces variety and interview programs for distribution on the campus cable network.





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