As an academic field, communication focuses on the process of message use and generation within as well as across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The study of communication focuses on its effective and ethical practice. While people are born with the physical ability to talk, communication skills have to be developed to ensure personal, academic, and professional success.
According to various projections on fastest growing careers, communication skills will be part of basic competencies in many occupations well into the next century. In addition, executives in leading companies indicate that college students need better communication skills as well as the ability to work in teams and with people from different backgrounds.
The Communication program at UOG offers a major designed to prepare professionals in journalism, mass media, public relations and other communication-related areas. The program also serves the university community with General Education and elective courses for all majors, and offers a minor which is an ideal complement for any major which requires substantial skill in interpersonal, public, or mass communication.
Upon successful completion of the communication program, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully:
The Communication major consists of a 15-hours core, an 18-hour track, and 12 hours of Communication electives. The core includes foundation courses in mass media, argumentation, intercommunication, a professional internship, and a senior-level capstone course. Students may choose one or more of these sub-cores:
Communication Studies requires dynamic personal involvement. Students create and test their ideas, develop individual abilities and gain competence in a variety of communication settings. They acquire knowledge and methods that apply to nearly every aspect of their private and public lives. Competence in communication is considered a generative skill that helps unlock all other learning, for a lifetime.
Mass Media & Journalism track focuses on providing knowledge of the theories, processes and practices of the mass media and on the development of professional telecommunications skills in a variety of mass communication fields such as broadcasting, video production and advertising. Students learn reporting, writing, editing and graphic design skills. Emphasis placed on studying news events in the context of larger social issues and interpreting these insights for a mass audience.
The minor in Communication requires 21 credit hours. It is particularly suited for students majoring in Public Administration, Business, Education, Agriculture, Nursing and English who need a strong background in communication skills for their professional work. Faculty advisors will help you tailor the minor to fit your career goals.
|CO106||Introduction to Mass Communications||3 credits|
|CO310||Intercultural Communication||3 credits|
|CO491||Current Issues in Communication and Society||3 credits|
|CO498||Senior Internship||3 credits|
|CO200||Voice and Articulations||3 credits|
|CO220||Listening Behavior||3 credits|
|CO320||Interpersonal Communication||3 credits|
|CO330||Small Group Communication||3 credits|
|CO350||Public Speaking||3 credits|
|CO360||Public Relations||3 credits|
|CO370||Organizational Communication||3 credits|
|CO450||Communication Theory and Research||3 credits|
|CO226||Reporting & Writing the News||3 credits|
|CO327||Advertising in Mass Media||3 credits|
|CO236||Broadcast Production||3 credits|
|CO357||Media Computer Graphics||3 credits|
|CO336||Broadcast Journalism||3 credits|
|CO426||Documentary Process||3 credits|
Required Courses (9 credit hours): CO106, CO250, and CO310.
Electives: 12 additional hours of the student’s choice with consent of advisor. Six of these must be upper division hours. Students should consult with a Communication advisor for recommendations regarding which courses best complement their major.
Associate Professor, Mass Media
Dr. Raymond Anderson joins the University of Guam as Associate Professor of Mass Media in the Communication department. Raymond was born and grew up on another island, the island of Jamaica, far away in the Caribbean. For the past 17 years he has lived with his family on mainland USA and he is looking forward to revisiting island life, but now on Guam.
Raymond has a diverse background with working experiences in marine sciences, business, communication, film and media arts. His love of the dramatic arts and helping Christian theater ministries led him to switch directions from his day job of managing Jamaica’s largest fish farming operation to completing a PhD in Communication and Media Effects at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He went on to teach at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. At George Fox, Raymond was instrumental in helping the Cinema and Media Communication major grow significantly into the vibrant program that now exists.
For the past four years Raymond has been at Sterling College in Kansas where he developed yet another media program that included various concentrations including Cinema Production, Public Relations and Multi-Media. This was his first time living in the Mid-West and he and his wife are ready to move back closer to the ocean. He is an avid swimmer and snorkeler and would like to get back into SCUBA diving.
Assistant Professor, Journalism
Dr. Francis Dalisay was raised on Guam and is a graduate of Father Duenas Memorial School and UOG (BA, Communication, 2000, summa cum laude, class valedictorian). He completed graduate degrees (MA, 2006; PhD, 2010) at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.
Dalisay served as a faculty member at Cleveland State University and was most recently an Assistant Professor at the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
He also taught at UOG and WSU. Dalisay is a prolific communication-effects scholar and his research has been published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, New Media & Society, Communication Research, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, among others.
Dalisay’sresearch has also won awards from the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Central States Communication Association.
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