Effective communication is vital to success in all careers. At Monmouth University, communication majors are provided with the skills they need to adapt, meet, and exceed the challenges in today's competitive workforce. The mission of the Department of Communication is to develop, offer, and sustain a comprehensive program of study, which encourages and prepares students to become competent writers, speakers, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers. With state-of-the-art radio and TV studios and editing facilities, and PC and MAC labs located on campus in the Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication, students gain experience through hands-on course work, guided by seasoned faculty who research and work in the industry.
Students majoring in communication choose from these three clusters:
Students in this cluster acquire the skills necessary for success in the converging professional broadcast fields. In our technologically advanced Plangere Center, students have hands-on access to production, editing, and automation tools used in professional settings. Outside of the classroom, they can further develop their skills by participating in Hawk TV, the campus television station, and WMCX, the student-run FM radio station.
In this cluster, students develop a diverse and deep understanding of public relations and journalism, allowing for a wide variety of career opportunities - from copywriting and editing to campaign planning and crisis management. With the guidance of our experienced faculty, this cluster enables emerging journalists and creative writers to research and report stories for class assignments, while also taking part in organizations such as The Outlook, the student-run newspaper The Verge, the online news portal; and the University's Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter (Public Relations Student Society of America). Monmouth University is one of 30 colleges in the world that earned Certification in Education from The Public Relations Society of America.
Students in this cluster apply theoretical knowledge to everyday life by developing communication skills in their personal relationships, workplaces, and communities. The program offers a well-rounded curriculum that allows students to explore various communication fields and customize their course work according to their particular interests. Students are well-prepared for careers in business, law, education, government, and the arts. They can also participate in the University's student-run performance group, CommWorks.