Communication - From Classroom to Career Senior Year
Capstone Courses / Independent Study
Use the CO309 Capstone Course to integrate what you have learned, reflect upon how you have grown at Fairfield, and consider where your path will lead you next. The course is also a chance to also sharpen research skills, strengthen a Portfolio, and make fresh connections between courses and experiences. You can also consider a directed independent study opportunity with a Communication faculty member.
Bring It All Together
With a faculty member, start to narrow your interests and look for ways to use classwork, internships, summer work and potential independent studies to further your interest. Strategize plans for after graduation (and take the GRE if necessary). Read the CommBlog; follow our Twitter feed. Also see Student Resources.
Lambda Pi Eta is the internationally recognized honor society for students and scholars in the fields of Communication Studies, Rhetoric, and Speech. Active participation in Lambda Pi Eta gives students the opportunity to work more closely with department faculty members outside of the classroom setting. Students plan events, sponsor guest speakers, organize field trips, and engage in other activities. Students may also choose to participate in national or regional communication conferences through the presentation of research and attendance at panel discussions.
Comm.Unity and Peer Advising
Become a leader in the student organization that serves to orient interested students to career opportunities in the Communication field. The club sponsors guest lectures from alumni and other professionals, as well as field trips, socials, and colloquia. Recent field trips have included visits to ESPN and other national television networks, and attendance at tapings of television talk shows. Club officers and members engage in fundraising activities, organize activity fairs, schedule meetings, and run yearly elections. Students elect club officers every spring, who set the agenda for the following year. Active participation in Comm.Unity gives students the opportunity to get to know departmental faculty members outside of the classroom environment, develop a sense of community with other communication majors, and learn more about careers and internship opportunities. Check out our peer advising nights!
Use your final internship(s) to try out careers, sharpen your resume and cover letter, develop a portfolio, make contacts, and apply classroom skills and to the real world.
Join the Honor Society
Lambda Pi Eta is the national undergraduate honor society in communication. The primary purpose of Lambda Pi Eta is "to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication." Since its inception in 1985, the honor society has grown to more than 400 chapters nationwide. In March 1997, the National Communication Association (NCA) recognized our local chapter, Epsilon Sigma, in hopes of promoting and honoring academic excellence in communication here at Fairfield University. Membership is conferred upon graduating seniors who maintain high standards of general scholarship, achieve outstanding academic success in communication, and demonstrate genuine commitment to the field of communication. Each year, approximately 10 to 15 percent of senior communication majors meet the criteria of membership in Lambda Pi Eta. Contact: Dr. M. Sallyanne Ryan, advisor, Ext.: 2566; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communication Department graduates work in a wide variety of industries and settings. Attend
Communication Career Night in the spring to hear from graduates of the program.
Line Up References
Finalize three or more professors from Communication and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Communication majors.