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Communication 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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The communication program at UW-Eau Claire helps students improve their own communication and the communication of others in interpersonal, group, organizational, and public settings. These skills are among the most important sought by employers in any field. Communication is the means by which human relationships are established and maintained, and it is the process that allows groups to share and debate ideas, find common purpose and coordinate efforts.

Communication Studies

An emphasis in communication studies allows students to study how people communicate in interpersonal relationships, how messages influence individual and group behavior, and how messages can be used to improve both individual and community life. Students graduating from this program are prepared to work in a variety of fields, including community development, environmental or social activism, ministry, politics and government, and higher education

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Organizational Communication

An emphasis in organizational communication allows students to improve communication in organizations in ways that enhance individual experiences and organizational productivity. Students graduating from this program will be prepared for work in management, human resources, training and development, event planning, community relations, or variety of other areas in for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Learning through experience

Students majoring in communication at UW-Eau Claire not only learn the principles and theories underlying the discipline, they also gain hands-on experience in analyzing situations and communication, and crafting effective messages. Students conduct communication audits for campus and community organizations, participate in social action research projects, write analyses of public communication, and conduct original research on a variety of topics. Recent research projects have focused on the role of conflict and supportive communication on satisfaction of group members; political satire and student perception of politics; leadership, job satisfaction and organizational citizenship; the impact wellness programs have on job satisfaction. Students also build skills and knowledge by competing for the nationally-ranked UW-Eau Claire Forensics program.
     Students can also build their knowledge and skills as communication professionals through internships at for-profit and non-profit organizations such as Kohler, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Eau Claire Jazz Fest and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Modern facilities

The department is home to the recently renovated Communication and Journalism Center, a state-of-the-art facility that includes TV and radio news studios and production facilities, a visual communication studio and lab, and the offices of student media outlets, The Spectator and Blugold Radio (WUEC FM 89.7).




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Majors

Communication
• Organizational
  Communication
• Communication
   Studies

Minors

Communication

• Organizational
  Communication
• Communication
  Studies

Suggested freshman curriculum

• University writing
  requirement—depending
  on placement exam.
  For test-out options, see
  Blugoldseminar/testout.
• Communication and
  Contemporary Society
• Introduction to
  Interpersonal Communi-
  cation or Introduction            
  to Organizational
  Communication
• Fundamentals of Speech
• Human Communication
  Theory
• Introduction to Rhetoric
  and Society
• General education
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Our graduates

Graduates can work for private organizations and businesses, for government agencies, political parties, financial institutions, economic development firms, non-profit organizations and universities and colleges. Graduates find

jobs in public relations firms, advertising agencies, non-profit organizations and marketing firms.
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

• Doctoral Student,
  Communication,
  Ohio University,
  Athens, OH
• PR Coordinator,
  Taylor Johnson Public
  Relations, Chicago, IL
• Project Coordinator,
  Wisconsin Institute for
  Public Policy and
  Service, Wausau, WI
• Assistant Director of
  Admissions, The Art
  Institute of Wisconsin,
  Milwaukee, WI

Department contact information

Mary Hoffman
hoffmamf@uwec.edu
715-836-2528

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Special admission requirements

No student may have both a major and a minor from the department of communication and journalism. Nearly all upper division courses (numbered 300 and above) required in major and minor programs are available only to students who have completed prerequisite courses with grades of C or above and whose total and resident grade-point averages are 2.5 or above.
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