Bachelor of Science in Communications

  • Overview

    Tell stories, make images, and engage audiences through printed publications, video productions, and Web technologies.

    The Bachelor of Science in Communications at Saint Joseph's College has concentrations in journalism/public relations and new media. Similarly, students can earn a communications degree with an interdisciplinary major in either business communications or sports communications. Visit the curriculum section below for more information on these concentrations.

    No matter the focus, Saint Joseph’s communications program encompasses a core competency that includes the creation, editing, and publishing of original content. In the process, students learn not only the necessary skill sets, but also the perspective and empathy needed to tell a good story.

    At a Glance

    • Choice of four concentrations allows students to personalize their own education.

    • Close faculty-student relationships.

    • Internship and community-based learning opportunities.

    • State-of-the-art Mac lab; all computers outfitted with latest professional-standard software for design, video, and photography.

    • Media center featuring DSLR cameras, video cameras, professional printers, drones, audio equipment, and more.

  • Curriculum

    In the communications program, course content covers Web development, digital photography and image manipulation, graphic design, animation, video and audio production, journalism, advertising, mass media, and public relations. Continue reading to learn more about specializations and interdisciplinary majors.

    Journalism/Public Relations

    The major in communications with a journalism/public relations concentration equips students with the skills needed for careers in mass media communications. Students learn to gather and assess information and write, edit, and design publications. Practical experience is provided at the student newspaper, service learning projects, and professional internships. Students also learn to think critically about the concepts, ethics, legal implications, and practices of public relations.

    Graduates of the program will understand and practice ethical standards in communications; be able to use digital technology to report stories or produce public relations content; and exhibit writing and editing skills appropriate for professional communicators.

    New Media

    The new media concentration focuses on the roles of digital technology in the world of mass media. The major equips students with the technological and computer skills needed for careers in digital technology and the mass media. The concentration introduces students to creating, acquiring, editing, and delivering computer-generated media. Practical experience is provided at the student newspaper, service learning projects, and professional internships.

    Business Communication

    This interdisciplinary major in communications and business was developed in order to meet the needs of modern businesses to communicate and operate through the use of the Internet and social media. It will enable students to combine their interests in both fields. Business communication curriculum focuses on branding, e-commerce, digital technology, marketing, management, social media, branding, and public relations.

    Sports Communication

    With the interdisciplinary major in sports communications, students will combine their interests in communications and sports management. For students with an interest in sports, this major provides a focus different than the traditional areas of coaching and training. Sports communication curriculum covers event planning, promotions, sports facility management, online game coverage, sports marketing and advertising, public relations, video production, broadcasting, and writing.

    Communications minor

    A minor in communications is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.

    Journalism minor

    A minor in journalism is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.

  • Some of our faculty

    • John S. Hufstader

      Associate Professor of Communications, Chair of Communications

      MS, Lesley University

      BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    • William Yates

      Associate Professor of Communications

      PhD, Nova Southeastern University

      MBA, Nasson College

      BA, University of Maine

    • Christopher Sullivan

      Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Communications

      MFA, Maine College of Art

      BFA, University of Maine, Presque Isle

    John S. Hufstader

    Associate Professor of Communications, Chair of Communications

    MS, Lesley University

    BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    William Yates

    Associate Professor of Communications

    PhD, Nova Southeastern University

    MBA, Nasson College

    BA, University of Maine

    Christopher Sullivan

    Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Communications

    MFA, Maine College of Art

    BFA, University of Maine, Presque Isle

  • Student Stories

    • Kelly Emerson

      Kelly Emerson is in graduate school at Emerson College, an internationally recognized for its communications specialties.

    • Emily Marshall

      Emily Marshall ’12 works in the financial district in downtown Boston. An internship directly led to her job.

    • Anthony Richards

      Anthony Richards produced a video about Riding To The Top therapeutic riding program in Windham, Maine.

  • Career Moves

    A degree in communications will prepare graduates for careers in business, public relations, advertising, journalism, media, government, and more.