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What we learn to do, we learn by doing.

Throughout history, people have gathered and spread information through telling and sharing stories. As a communication major, you will develop your writing, editing, storytelling, persuading and publishing skills across a range of media.

You’ll prepare for your career by concentrating in an area of interest such as digital storytelling, public relations, filmmaking and cinema, or sports communication.

Hands On

Start working in your medium or track of interest on day one, learning on the job by contributing to a wide range of student-run media. Broaden this experience each summer through opportunities to live, work and learn abroad.

Communication FACULTY

Hope Willoughby
Lecturer and Assistant Director of Forensics
Hope Willoughby

With more than a decade of experience in competitive public speaking, Hope is passionate about connecting classroom concepts with real-world experience by serving as the assistant director of Berry's award-winning speech and debate team.  In addition to teaching public speaking, visual rhetoric and communication theory, she mentors student research projects that have been presented at conferences such as the National Communication Association Annual Convention.  As a Berry alumna, Hope loves helping students learn how to use their voice to improve our campus, community and world.

In the lab and in the field

Write, produce and direct a film. Cover breaking news at the scene. Plan and execute campus and community events. Do play-by-play from the press box. Devise a social media strategy for our annual film festival. Research the effects of media portrayals on body image. Join our award-winning student media teams using professional-grade technology and software.

Communication Courses

COM 205
Sports Communication

Get an overview of the sports communication field, including media organizations, marketing and advertising firms, and teams and leagues.

COM 302
Visual Media Criticism 

Apply critical theory to evaluating television, film, photographic and digital media texts, with emphasis on visual media’s social, cultural and representational roles in society.

COM 323
Multimedia Reporting 

Learn through practicing a specialized area or field of journalism, such as feature writing, sports journalism, investigative reporting, or health and science journalism.

Communication LIVES

Lindsay Hannel van Zyl

While at Berry, Lindsay Hannel van Zyl (11C) spent two years as a research assistant to Dr. Brian Carroll, designed the logo for the Berry College Honors Program, worked as a Viking Fusion news producer and earned national awards for her journalism on the regional war over water. After graduating, she joined Leadercast in Atlanta, organizing events featuring internationally renowned speakers and is now vice president of marketing and digital for Catalyst Leader in Atlanta.

Lindsay Hannel van Zyl

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