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Communication

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The lines between academics and real-life, firsthand learning experiences blur for communication majors at Berry College. Our program integrates a strong academic program led by highly qualified professors with first-rate co-curricular activities that include a nationally recognized yearbook, an award-winning student newspaper, an on-campus Web-based multimedia outlet and a competitive speech team that consistently ranks among our nation’s best. Additionally, students have the option to earn while they learn through a variety of internship opportunities and on-campus major-related jobs. As a result, our students graduate with excellent preparation for a career or graduate work in communication. We stress breadth over specialization. Thus, our communication program  is designed to cross-train you in writing; editing; design; speaking; and audio, video and Web production. The aim of our convergent curriculum is to prepare you to cope with the digital communication demands of the 21st century. Because we believe you must first have something worthwhile to say before you can communicate effectively, our entire program is grounded in the liberal arts. Berry communication graduates know about the world in which they will live and work.  

Areas of concentration 

  • Journalism.
  • Public relations.
  • Visual communication. 

Co-curricular activities 

  • Campus Carrier, a weekly student-run newspaper that is consistently ranked among the best in Georgia.
  • Cabin Log, a nationally recognized college yearbook.
  • Ramifications, the college literary magazine.
  • Viking Fusion, a student-run on-campus Web-based multimedia outlet.
  • Forensics Union, a competitive speech team that has produced several national champions. 

Facilities 

  • A historic campus building houses the Department of Communication.
  • Students use a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer laboratory with the latest operating systems and software.
  • Students have complete access to video technology equipment and multimedia workstations – both inside and outside of class.
  • Exceptional in-house technical support is available. 

Departmental strengths 

  • Internships: The communication department sponsors a significant number of internships, including local, regional, national and international opportunities. Many are paid internships! Recent students have interned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Ireland, Australia and Spain as well as in Atlanta and other regional sites.
  • Earn while you learn: Paid editorial/supervisory jobs with student publications and Viking Fusion are available through the college’s Work Experience Program. In fact, some students can acquire both work-study scholarship money and paid editorial staff positions. Just think about the experience you can get!
  • Exceptional faculty: With advanced degrees from universities located in six different states, the members of the communication faculty are dedicated to excellence in teaching and service to the college. Together, the current faculty members have won seven of the highest teaching and/or advising awards given by the college. Two of these faculty members also have earned the highest award for service to the college, the Martindale Award of Distinction.
  • Collegiality: Communication majors revel in the fact that they are treated as “family.” Faculty, staff and students look out for each other. There is no divide between print and electronic media.
  • Networking:We track more than 600 of our graduates. And we have e-mail address banks for Northwest Georgia grads through which they alert each other about job openings.
  • Sound preparation for graduate study: Since 1984, communication graduates have enrolled in postgraduate programs in 26 different states. Seventy of these students have earned master’s degrees; 15 have received Ph.D.s or law degrees. We presently have more than 20 former majors enrolled in M.A./Ph.D. programs. 

Scholarships 

Work-study scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 for qualified students who choose to work with our exceptional student publications, Viking Fusion or forensics. Entering freshmen may qualify. 

Successful graduates 

Berry College communication graduates have taken many and varied career paths. The following are just some of their interesting careers:

  • Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
  • Copy editor on the Asia-Pacific desk of The Associated Press in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Floor coordinator for the Home Shopping Network in Florida.
  • College professors in Iowa and Utah.
  • Emmy Award-winning associate director for ESPN.
  • Animation and puppetry designer for Walt Disney Co.
  • Traffic coordinator for CNN.
  • Vice president for New South Publishing.
  • Director of marketing for Georgia Museums Inc.
  • Partner in the Jackson Spalding public relations firm. 
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