Communication at Waynesburg University

When you hit the job market in the Communication field, employers want to see what you can do.

At Waynesburg, we are committed to providing you with the classes to build a foundation and the outside-of-class outlets to grow your skills. That way you graduate with a portfolio or demo reel that’s jam-packed with examples of what you can do that will impress employers and kick start your career in communication.

We offer you the opportunity to get involved with media productions as early as your first semester of your freshman year.

Programs of study in Communication


The advertising major is designed to examine the complex issues related to the support industry that drives much of the mass communication activity in a consumer economy.

Digital Design

Students in the Digital Design program learn to use industry-standard design software and technology as well as timeless design theories to create eye-catching designs for both print and digital media.

Electronic Media

The Electronic Media program prepares students for work in the radio or television production industries. Students learn to record, create and edit audio and video content for a variety of media.


Journalism students learn how to cover the news – honing skills in interviewing, writing, designing, and multimedia production. The Journalism option is closely affiliated with the award-winning student newspaper and news website, as well as the campus television and radio stations.

Public Relations

Students in the Public Relations major learn how to plan events, write strong press releases and run effective social media and advertising campaigns. Our PR students work closely with our star-chapter PRSSA student organization.

Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information

Our sports broadcasting/sports information option prepares students to work as broadcasters, announcers and many other aspects of the sports world. Our SB/SI students work closely with Waynesburg University Sports Network to broadcast many athletic competitions.


Students who pursue studies in the communication field require top-of-the-line equipment and facilities in order to boost their resume and knowledge base. We make sure that our students have access to:

  • State of the art cameras and production equipment to aid in the creation of professional demo reels
  • A newly renovated campus television station to ensure excellent sound and visual quality with a beautiful backdrop
  • An exclusive iMac computer lab with 27" IPS screens, which make designing for web and print a dream
  • A state of the art newspaper production facility
  • A fully functioning Department of Communication TV Remote Production Truck, which allows students to capture and edit video as the events occur

Programs Offered

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Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information

Our Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information option provides students to work in press boxes, announcer booths and in many other position in the sports world. You will work closely with the Waynesburg University Sports Network to broadcast many of the Yellow Jackets athletic competitions.

Campus-related activities

The Waynesburg University radio station and mobile television production truck, in concert with the community television channel, allow our students to get hours of valuable play-by-play announcing experience.

On a typical football weekend 8 Waynesburg University students are calling the action of high school and college games on radio and television.

During the college basketball season, 8 students are doing play-by-play of the women’s and men’s games on radio and television.

In addition, for football and basketball, students are hosting radio and TV pre-game, half-time and post-game shows.

The baseball season offers out students the opportunity to be behind home plate to describe Yellow Jacket games.

Off campus opportunities

Members of the Waynesburg University Announcing Team are in high school press boxes Friday evenings to call the action on, an internet sports outlet which covers Greene County schools.

Students are also able to work with the MSA Sports Network calling high school football, basketball, baseball and softball games. The MSA Sports Network expertly covers high school sports in Western Pennsylvania.

Waynesburg University students also handle the play-by-play of the Chatham College Women’s Hockey Team. The audio and video are streamed on the internet.

Internships and employment

Our broadcasting students have landed many positions in announcing and sports information including working and interning for:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Washington Wild Things
  • 93.7FM The Fan
  • NFL Films
Sports Broadcasting/Information Facilities

Our TV studio has three cameras that are fed into our digital control room for processing. You can join the production team for any of our various weekly shows.

We are one of a very few universities to have a full-size television production truck.

Electronic Media

Our Electronic Media program prepares students for careers in radio, television and other media fields.

We will provide you with many opportunities to use technology to create jaw-dropping productions both in and out of the classroom. The hands-on course work and numerous on-campus media outlets provide you ample opportunity to impress employers.

You can be hands-on with a camera, audio mixer or microphone during your first month at Waynesburg.

Electronic Media Activities

You will have countless opportunities to use and improve your skills for creating media productions. Here are just a few of the creative outlets in electronic media:

  • WCTV - Waynesburg Community Television
  • WCYJ-FM - 99.5 The Hive
  • WUSN - Waynesburg University Sports Network
Electronic Media Opportunities

As early as your freshman year you will have the chance to work for great organizations including:

  • WTAE Pittsburgh - Friday Night Football
  • ESPN
  • Local high school football coverage
Internships and employment

Our students have interned with and worked for many amazing organizations including:

  • The Daily Show on Comedy Central
  • WTOV-9 Steubenville
  • WJAC Johnstown
  • Fox 13 Tampa Bay
  • KDKA
  • WTAE
  • WJET-TV 24 Erie
  • Texolve Audio & Video
  • NEP, Inc.
Electronic Media Facilities & Equipment

Our TV studio has three cameras feeding our TV control room. You can join the production crew for any of our various weekly shows.

If live media coverage is your game, we have a full-size television production truck that covers many events each semester.

Digital Design

In our Digital Design program you will learn to design, develop and execute professional quality graphics for use in both print and digital projects.

You will work in and out of the classroom to develop an amazing portfolio that will open doors for your career. Our design students have the opportunity to work with many clients from the campus and local communities.

You can flex your design muscles by designing the layout for the university newspaper, taking photographs for the Mad Anthony yearbook or designing fliers and logos for local clients.

Digital Design Activities

Our majors have no shortage of design opportunities. Starting the first day of your freshman year you can get involved in many projects including:

  • Waynesburg University Sports Network - Graphics Team
  • The Yellow Jacket - Photography, page layout, ad design, infographic design
  • Mad Anthony Yearbook - Photography, page layout, advertising
Digital Design Opportunities

Our designers work on campus and locally for a number of organizations:

  • University Relations & Student Services - Student designer, photographer
  • Various local non-profit organizations
  • Department advertising
Digital Design Facilities & Equipment

Our Mac Lab has all of the tools you need to bring your designs to fruition. The room features 21 retina iMacs with graphics drawing tablets and high-quality digital scanners. The machines are loaded with industry-standard design software including the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.

Our photography studio is the newest addition to the Department of Communication's impressive facilities. As a design student, you will have access to four professional studio strobes and dozens of various light modifiers. Get creative with one of the many backgrounds or design your own with the green screen.

Design Internships

Our students have landed prestigious internships in every corner of the United States. Here are a few examples of where our design students have interned:

  • Hasbro
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Asayo Creative
  • Direct Results
  • Greene County Tourism Board
  • Waynesburg University
  • Epic Web Studios


As a member of our Journalism program, you’ll learn the skill and craft of covering news using a variety of media. We are committed to keeping you ahead of the tech curve, but also place emphasis on a strong foundation of writing and interviewing skills.

In addition to growing as a writer and journalist, you will have ample opportunity to hone your skills in video and audio production, social media, design, pagination and photography to make you well-rounded and marketable. Our student journalists work outside the classroom with our award-winning newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, which was recently named one of the top three non-daily newspapers in four states by the Society of Professional Journalism in back-to-back years.

Journalism students also work with our campus television and radio stations, as well as various local newspapers, television stations and radio news outlets as freelancers and interns.

Journalism Activities

We can get you working on your first byline during your first week on campus. These are just a few of the on-campus opportunities that you can take advantage of as a journalism major:

  • The Yellow Jacket — award-winning student-produced campus newspaper
  • and @wuyellowjacket —  news website and social media
  • WCTV — Waynesburg Community Television weekly newscast
  • WCYJ-FM — campus radio station daily news updates
  • Society of Professional Journalists Student Chapter — only small school chapter in Pennsylvania
Journalism Opportunities

Our student journalists have worked, interned or freelanced with many local news organizations including:

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Washington Observer-Reporter
  • Uniontown Herald-Standard
  • Greene County Messenger
  • Beaver County Times
  • York Daily Record
  • Paducah Sun
  • Times West Virginian
  • 95.3 WJPA-FM
  • 93.7 The Fan
  • NFL Films
  • The Daily Show
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins
  • Fox Business News
  • CNN
Journalism Facilities

The WU Newsroom is home to our award-winning The Yellow Jacket school newspaper, which publishes weekly during the semester. The office has a buzz of activity before the print deadline as students are responsible for all aspects of production for the 16-page paper. As a journalism student, you can get your first byline as early as your first weeks on campus. 

Our journalists use the Mac Lab to design pages and infographics, fine-tune their photography and to edit their demo reels and websites.

Public Relations

As a Public Relations student you will learn to build and maintain an organization’s brand. Our PR students excel in event planning, press release writing and social media marketing.

Public Relations Activities

You will have countless opportunities to use and improve your advertising portfolio. These are just a few:

  • Public Relations Student Society of America
    • 2014 – One of only 31 Star Chapters in the country (the only Star Chapter in Pennsylvania)
    • 2013 – One of only 28 Star Chapters in the country
  • Red Brick Communications – In-house Public Relations firm
    • Work with real-world clients to develop their branding and public relations strategies
PRSSA Chapter Accomplishments

Our Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter is an award-winning student organization that will provide amazing opportunities to its members. We have been selected as a Star Chapter for the past two years and the group recently finished in third place in the annual Betsy Plank Day Challenge.

PRSSA Chapter Travels

Our PR students have traveled to all corners of the United States to attend national conferences and assemblies for public relations professionals.

  • National PRSSA Conferences
    • 2015: Atlanta, GA
    • 2014: Washington, D.C.
    • 2013: Philadelphia, PA
  • National PRSSA Assemblies
    • 2015: Portland, OR
    • 2014: Charleston, SC
    • 2013: Albuquerque, NM
  • Regional PRSSA conference
    • 2015: Penn State University 
Chapter Events & Activities

As a Public Relations student, you will stay busy! Public Relations majors practice their craft and get real-world experience through the following endeavors:

  • Annual PR Week
  • Professional development activities and events
    • Meeting activities
    • Webinars
    • Résumé Workshop
    • Job fair
    • Networking presentations
    • Speakers
    • Professional dress tips
  • Collaboration with other student groups
    • AIGA (Graphic Design)
    • Arts Administration program
    • Business Club
    • Investment Club (Soon to be)
    • WU's Line (Improv group)
  • Participation in on-campus events and service projects
    • Harvest Fest
    • Relay for Life
    • JacketFest
    • Visitation days
  • Red Brick Communications
  • Twitter Chat
    • Co-hosted a Twitter Chat with University of Alabama and University of Delaware 
Involvement with Parent Chapter

Our PRSSA chapter is officially a branch of the Pittsburgh PRSA chapter. Our students are their go-to help for many of their events including:

  • Annual awards ceremony (Renaissance Awards)
  • Professional Development Day
  • PR Young Professionals Events
    • Agency tours
      • Elias/Savion, Inc.
      • Brunner
    • Student Mixers
Involvement with PRSSA National
  • Writing articles for the national organization’s publications
    • Progressions (PRSSA national blog)
    • FORUM (PRSSA newsletter)
  • Participation in national initiatives
    • Twitter chats
    • National Assembly "day-of" competition
    • Celebration of Ethics Month
    • Webinars
  • Regional Conference
    • Hosted 2015 regional PRSSA conference
Individual Student Honors

The Public Relations program and its students have been honored for their hard work. These are a few:

  • 1st place – Betsy Plank/PRSSA Scholarship
    • Megan Bayles - 2014
  • PRSA Pittsburgh Bob O’Gara Scholarship
    • Jordan Mitrik - 2015
  • National Committee Applications - 2015

Waynesburg University’s Public Relations students are in demand! All students will complete a internship in their field. Here are a few of the various internship sites our PR students have worked with:

  • Hasbro
  • Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit 1
  • Waynesburg University
    • Institutional Advancement
    • University Relations
    • Integrated Marketing
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra (CLO)
  • Wordrite Communications
  • Elias/Savion, Inc.
  • Miracle League of South Hills
  • Casey’s Clubhouse
  • Various Chambers of Commerce
  • Washington Wild Things
  • Elisco Advertising
  • Greene County Tourism
Public Relations Extra-curricular Opportunities

Our PR students have many unique opportunities outside the Department of Communication to build an amazing résumé and portfolio:

  • University Relations
    • Each semester, several of our best Public Relations students work for the University's marketing team to help write press releases and blog posts for our website
  • Student Services
    • Waynesburg University's Student Services department plans many of the extra-curricular events for the campus community. Several of our students help plan and market these events.
  • Institutional Advancement
    • Some of our students have the opportunity to work closely with the Institutional Advancement department to network and establish long-term mutually beneficial relationships with the University's alumni.
  • Integrated Marketing
    • As a student worker in Integrated Marketing, you can help craft the external messages the University uses to market to incoming students.


Advertising students work with the Communication and Business departments to learn how to craft perfect advertising campaigns for their target market. The faculty will teach you both traditional and new age strategies to make sure your message is heard and gains results.

Advertising Activities

You will have countless opportunities to use and improve your advertising portfolio. These are just a few:

  • The Yellow Jacket - weekly campus newspaper
  • The Mad Anthony - University yearbook
  • WCYJ-FM The Hive - Campus radio station
  • WCTV - Waynesburg Community Television
Advertising Facilities

Our Mac Lab has all of the tools you need to write, edit and perfect your advertising campaign. The room features 21 retina iMacs with graphics drawing tablets and high-quality digital scanners. The machines are loaded with industry-standard design software including the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications. 

Our brand new photography studio is the newest edition to the Department of Communication's impressive faciities. Film or photograph your subject for use in your projects.

Academic Curriculum

COM 101. Introduction to Electronic Media

3 credits

Introductory course exploring the business of radio and television broadcasting while learning the basic hands-on skills necessary for careers in broadcasting.

COM 105. Understanding Media

3 credits

A history of the various forms of print and electronic media, their development, and an identification of their various markets. Emphasis will be placed on the manipulative techniques used by the media to inform and persuade, as well as the media producer's responsible use of these techniques.

COM 110. Fundamentals of Television

3 credits

Hands-on, skill development course covering major aspects of television production. Student will start with learning the camera as an electronic medium to tell a story, moving on to learning lighting, audio, graphics, editing, and directing; all skills will be used in studio and field production. Students will be involved with WCTV, and other department television productions. Prerequisite: COM 101 or permission of the department chair. Spring

COM 121. Digital Photography I †

3 credits

A basic introduction to the use of digital photography techniques. The course will cover the use of industry-standard digital cameras and software applications to produce quality digital images.

COM 122. Digital Photography II †

3 credits

A more advanced examination of digital photography techniques. Special emphasis in the course is placed on the use of Photoshop as a tool for the ethical manipulation of digital images. Spring

COM 126. Principles of Design

3 credits

An introduction to the principles and visual elements of design to use them for optimal visual impact in media applications. The course will also cover the tools and processes used to complete graphic design and interactive design projects. This course meets the computer literacy requirement for communication.

COM 127. Sports Announcing I

3 credits

A study of introductory techniques for on-air sports announcing on radio, television, and emerging media; emphasis placed on play-by-play announcing and interviewing. Spring

COM 137. Introduction to Public Relations

3 credits

This course seeks to introduce students to the context and process by which public relations professionals establish and maintain lines of communication between an organization and its publics. The course examines methods and engages in skill development relevant to the practice of public relations, including historical development, definitions, concepts and management of public relations. Spring

COM 201. Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting

3 credits

A practical course introducing students to the operation of radio equipment. Projects are designed to acquaint students with current radio station requirements. Included is a survey of the major areas of radio: history, technical information, programming philosophy, regulations, and social effects. Course work will be closely related to the campus station WCYJ-FM; thus, the course is required for all students who wish to be on the WCYJ-FM staff. Prerequisite: COM 101. Fall

COM 202. Television Technology

3 credits

The nature of television production is not only an aesthetic medium, but a technical one as well. Students will learn how television equipment works in order to function as a knowledgeable crew member in various kinds of production situations. Students will be involved with WCTV and other department television productions. Prerequisite: COM 110. (Fall of even numbered years)

COM 205. Sports Writing

3 credits

An introduction to and overview of the specific techniques of news and feature writing as they relate to the coverage of sporting events. Includes practical experience in preparing copy for print and broadcast media. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or 188. Fall

COM 207. Announcing

3 credits

A study of on-air announcing for radio and television. Emphasis on news reading, commentary, interviewing, sports play-by-play, and sports color announcing. Fall

COM 208. E-publishing

3 credits

Electronic publishing is a medium for distribution of short and long documents that include newsletters, magazines and books. This course explores tools for E-publishing in an effort to address emerging means of communication in this area. Students will study interpretation of traditional print documents in digital format, focusing on planning and design considerations. (Spring of odd numbered years)

COM 211. News Writing and Reporting

3 credits

An introduction to the principles and practices of journalism, with a special emphasis on newsgathering for print media. Includes basic techniques of newswriting, interviewing, and editing copy for publication. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 187.

COM 212. Broadcast Journalism

3 credits

A further study of the principles and practices of journalism, with special emphasis on newsgathering and newswriting for electronic media. Includes techniques of writing and interviewing in the preparation of news for radio and television broadcast. Prerequisites: COM 211 or permission of the department chair. Spring

COM 215. Web Concepts

3 credits

An introduction to the processes required to develop and maintain content for the Web. Topics will include content management systems, Web resources, database management, web programming, and advanced content creation. (Fall of odd numbered years)

COM 218. Digital Imagery

3 credits

An intermediate course in photo-manipulation and digital art creation. Topics will include advanced image composition, photo manipulation, professional editing workflow, and digital communication design. (Fall of even numbered years)

COM 219. Digital Illustration

3 credits

An introduction to the tools and processes used to create digital illustrations for print and electronic media. Topics will include technical illustration, scanning, and image editing. Prerequisite: COM 126.

COM 228. Business and Professional Speaking

3 credits

Study of and practice in public speaking, conference speaking, oral presentations, group dynamics, interviewing, mediation, and conciliation. Theoretical basis for the course is in process-oriented rhetoric that emphasizes problem-solving and language appropriate for audience and purpose. This course meets the speech course requirement in the General Education curriculum (see pages 78-79 of Academic Catalog). Prerequisite: ENG 102, 188.

COM 235. Sign Communication

3 credits

This course provides a study of the fundamentals of sign communication. Preparation for visual/gestural communication includes basic information relating to finger spelling, vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and expressive/receptive techniques. Students will also engage in an intensive study of American Deaf Culture. Fall

COM 236. Cross Cultural Communication

3 credits

The course is designed to examine the principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another. Focus for the course lies in the theoretical framework including differing perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression, and sub-groups within a culture as they relate to the medium and the message. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to discuss strategies for practical application that will address these issues and integrate Christian values. Fall

COM 237. Public Relations Writing and Production

3 credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to study and practice the various kinds of writing required of public relations practitioners, including but not limited to news releases, brochures, newsletters, and speeches. The course will also examine the emerging communication technologies diffusing into the field.

COM 238. Message Design

3 credits

This course focuses on digital content planning, creation, management, and deployment. The course focuses on the work that begins before words are written or images are shot—the planning that is essential to successful communication. (Spring of odd numbered years)

COM 239. Infographics

3 credits

In this time of quick information consumption, informational graphics (infographics) can tell a story visually in a different way than words alone. This course will explore the planning and creation of a variety of infographics, such as biographical and fact boxes; quizzes, polls and checklists; and diagrams. An emphasis will be placed on typography with the goal of choosing the most effective presentation for limited words. (Spring of even numbered years)

COM 301. Television Remote and Field Production

3 credits

An advanced level course that focuses on producing and directing television productions that take place in the field. Specific focus will be on sports production. Attention will also be given to lighting, set design, editing, and technical considerations. Students will be involved with WCTV and other department television productions. Prerequisite: COM 110. (Fall of odd numbered years)

COM 302. Television Studio Production

3 credits

An advanced level course that focuses on the producing and directing of television production that is live or taped in the studio. An emphasis will be placed on the role of producer and director. Technical considerations including editing will also be covered. Students will learn to work together as a crew to accomplish good programming. Prerequisite: COM 110. (Spring of even numbered years)

COM 305. Sports Information Management

3 credits

A study of the operation of a sports information office, with the goal of making the student aware of the various responsibilities assumed by the sports information professional. Included in the course are study of and practice in developing a variety of news and information releases, coordinating news conferences, gathering and disseminating statistics, conducting interviews, managing a sports information staff, and developing positive relationships with the media. Spring

COM 307. Profile and Feature Writing

3 credits

A study of the fundamentals of profile and feature writing. This course will focus on the narrative story structures and their use in publication. Long-form story development and structure will also be discussed. Prerequisite: COM 211. (Spring of odd numbered years)

COM 308. Document Design

3 credits

This course is a study of design principles and the practical application of those principles for the conceptualization and creation of short and long documents. The documents students will be expected to plan and design will include a variety of single-and multiple-page documents, including newspapers and magazines.

COM 311. Radio Station Management and Operations

3 credits

Prepares students for future jobs in radio management. Topics covered include audience analysis, ratings, programming, developing on-air sound, playlists, FCC regulations, and financing. The course is required for all students who wish to be on the WCYJ-FM staff. Spring

COM 315. Web Design

3 credits

An introduction to the tools and processes used to create semantic and valid web sites. Topics will include modern web programming, web design, web typography, and web development. Spring

COM 316. Advanced News Writing and Reporting

3 credits

A further study of the principles and practices of journalism for print media. Students will refine skills in news and feature writing, interviewing and editing copy for publication. Prerequisite: COM 211. (Spring of even numbered years)

COM 317. Communication Law

3 credits

Introduction to the federal, state, and local law concerning the uses and abuses of media, including copyright law.

COM 318. Script Writing

3 credits

Students produce scripts for radio, television, and other media productions. Scripts may be produced for WCYJ-FM and/or WCTV. Prerequisites: COM 101, 105. Fall

COM 319. Multimedia I: Theory and Practice of Multimedia

3 credits

An introduction to the theory and practice of multimedia production. Course content will include file management, graphics, basic animation techniques, and the incorporation of digital audio and video elements into multimedia presentations. Prerequisites: COM 101, 219. Fall

COM 326. Writing for Web 2.0

3 credits

An examination of the Internet and social media as journalistic tools. This course explores the impact of technology on how journalists do their job, the way stories are told, and the manner in which relationships with audiences are nurtured and transformed. Students will study current issues in the industry, focusing on advances in technology and their impact on both the practice and the business of journalism. Prerequisite: COM 211. (Spring of even numbered years)

COM 327. Sports Announcing II

3 credits

A study of advanced techniques for on-air sports announcing on radio, television and emerging media in a field setting; emphasis placed on intensive critique of play-by-play announcing and interviewing field experiences completed by the students. Prerequisite: COM 127. (Fall of even numbered years)

COM 336. The History of Film (cross-listed as THE 366)

3 credits

A survey of the development of film from the early twentieth century through the 1960's, this course provides an understanding of cinematic art through an international survey of acknowledged classics of the past. This course meets the film course requirement in the General Education curriculum (see pages 78-79 of Academic Catalog). (Fall of even numbered years)

COM 337. Sound, Projection, and Lighting for Ministry

3 credits

An in-depth study of operation and projection techniques, purchase and maintenance of media equipment and designing of media facilities including classroom, PA systems, multimedia and traveling media packages within the context of ministry. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

COM 338. Non-profit Public Relations and Fundraising

3 credits

This course will introduce students to the concepts, tools, and applications used in non-profit public relations. Special emphasis is placed on the effective use of fundraising to enhance an organization's resources. Other topics include fund drives, gift planning, capital campaigns, and information technologies. (Fall of odd numbered years)

COM 339. Creativity Theory and Practice

3 credits

This course will focus on the theory and application of creative problem solving to the various fields of communication. Students will study the nature of creativity in relation to person, product, process, and environment. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to many facets of creativity. Students will become increasingly aware of their creative self and will learn how to nurture their creativity skills through the use of assorted creativity techniques. (Spring of even numbered years)

COM 399. Public Relations Research

3 credits

This course introduces students to the principles, tools, and methods in public relations research. Students will learn various methods and techniques to gather information, including case study, participant-observation, focus group, content analysis, and survey research. (Fall of even numbered years)

COM 401. Single Camera Production

3 credits

An advanced level course which focuses on producing and directing film-style production. The focus will be on the entire production process from working with a client to off-line and on-line editing sessions. The course will also address lighting and editing. Prerequisite: COM 301 or permission of the department chair. (Spring of odd numbered years)

COM 405. Advanced Public Relations Strategies

3 credits

This course provides instruction in the key elements of the public relations plan as they apply to public relations campaigns. Topics include situation analysis, objectives, strategies and tactics, timeline and budget. Additional topics include discussion of media relations, evaluation, internal communication and crisis management. Prerequisite: COM 237 or permission of the department chair. (Spring of odd numbered years)

COM 406. Newsroom Production

3 credits

This course will enhance higher-level journalistic skills of writing and reporting. Students will explore the role of the editor and the editing process and the role of the freelance writer. The course will include a requirement to submit copy to local or regional media outlets. Prerequisite: COM 211. (Fall of even numbered years)

COM 411. Advanced Radio Production

3 credits

This course develops the student's ability to produce and direct radio from idea to completed program. The course covers both live and recorded radio including talk radio formats, sports production, commercials, documentaries, and music production. (Spring of odd numbered years)

COM 419. Advanced Multimedia

3 credits

A study of advanced multimedia techniques, including creating and maintaining Web sites. Includes a study of the theory and practice of designing interactive presentations. Prerequisite: COM 319. Spring

COM 436. History of Broadcasting

3 credits

An examination of the development of radio and television in the United States, specifically its programming, audience, organization, technology, and philosophies. Special focus will be given to this development in light of cultural, economic, and civic interaction. (Spring of odd numbered years)

COM 437. Special Events Planning

3 credits

This course will instruct students in the effective planning, implementing, and managing of a special event. Students will examine the essential components of events planning, including identifying event objectives, working with planning committees, managing volunteers, marketing, and budgeting. Students will learn professional planning strategies and tactics for workshops, conferences, fundraisers, and many other special events. Prerequisite: COM 237. Spring

COM 438. Communication Theory and Research

3 credits

The primary goals of this course are to provide the skills needed to understand and interpret research applications, methods, and results and to offer practice in basic research writing skills. This course will also prepare students to evaluate communication theories effectively and to apply these theories within a number of varying contexts. (Fall of odd numbered years)

COM 439. Digital Media Seminar

3 credits

A seminar course in which students will be introduced to advanced techniques in photography, design, animation, modeling, database creation, and telecommunications. Students will be expected to produce a wide range of media-related products. (Fall of odd numbered years)

COM 465. Internship

3-6 credits

On-the-job experience in either an on-campus or off-campus site. Specific internship duties are determined in contractual arrangement among the student, the on-site supervisor, and the department internship coordinator. All interns write a proposal, keep a journal of their work experiences, meet regularly with the coordinator, write a final report, and make a public final report on their internship experiences. Academic credit is three semester credits for 12 hours of work each week or six semester credits for 24 hours of work each week; all internships run 14 weeks. Prerequisites: attendance at three final report meetings prior to time of application, approval of the department internship selection committee, approval of the on-site supervisor, a 2.5 grade point average, and junior or senior standing. Graded credit.

COM 466. Practicum

3 credits

The course is designed to structure formally a practical working experience for students at the senior level in which a minimum of 50 clock hours of communication-related experience is required. Students will work in the general communication areas of electronic media, interactive media, and professional writing to produce mass mediated messages for outlets such as The Yellow Jacket, The Lamp, WCYJ-FM, WCTV, and other on-campus activities or organizations. The emphasis for instruction will be on the management of media outlets and also the techniques for producing mass mediated messages. Fall

COM 475. Advanced Faith and Learning Integration

3 credits

In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to provide junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 116 of the Academic Catalog for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.00 minimum grade point average. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

COM 195, 295, 395, 495. Special Topics

3 credits

A study of various particular topics which are chosen by the members of the department in consultation with students. The topic will usually be different for each semester. Students may take only two Special Topics courses to fulfill major requirements. Once the major requirements have been completed, the student may take as many Special Topics courses as his/her schedule permits. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

COM 497. Independent Studies

1-3 credits

A carefully guided writing, editing, or communicating project, the course is open to sophomore, junior, and senior Communication majors with the approval of their advisor. The course is also open to non-majors with the approval of the Communication department chair and their major advisors.

COM 499. Senior Project

3 credits

An intensive study of an advanced topic selected by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to, Web-based applications, digital pre-press processes, or multimedia presentations. The student's study will lead to the production of a portfolio-quality project. Other course requirements will be negotiated between the students and the faculty supervisor.


Richard Krause

Chairperson for the Communication Department - Assistant Professor of Communication

William Molzon

Assistant Professor of Communication - Director, TV Operations

Chad Sherman

Assistant Professor of Communication

Lanny Frattare

Special Assistant to University Relations - Assistant Professor of Communication


The opportunities I have been offered in my classes have helped me develop professionally. Through my involvement within the Department of Communication at Waynesburg, and through my internship experiences, I am setting myself up to stand out in life.
Kyle Oland, Class of 2014

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