Looking for useful resources to help you in your communication or public relations studies at Fairfield? Download documents for communication majors and minors, find news and resources related to the field of communication and public relations, and check out Comm.Unity, the Department's Student Club.
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A year-by-year guide of milestones and requirements that aspiring Communication Majors should fulfill in order to ensure adequate academic progress and timely completion of their degree.
A useful tool for Communication Majors to keep track of their advancement towards completion of academic requirements for their degree.
A useful tool for Public Relations Majors to keep track of their advancement towards completion of academic requirements for their degree.
Comm and PR majors are inherently social and we offer a host of opportunities to get involved with your faculty and fellow majors both face-to-face and virtually. Get involved with your major to get the most out of your major!
Comm.Unity: The Student Communication Club
Comm.Unity is a 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. For information about Comm.Unity, contact Professor Colleen Arendt at email@example.com.
Lambda Pi Eta: The National Communication Honor Society
Lambda Pi Eta is the internationally recognized honor society for students and scholars in the fields of Communication Studies, Rhetoric, and Speech. Students who maintain a high grade point average, overall and in their major, will be invited by the department faculty to be inducted into Lambda Pi Eta during their senior year. Involvement in this honor society increases opportunities for individual potential and advancement, for example, through developing leadership skills, networking with international members, and contact with professional organizations. Membership in Lambda Pi Eta is also impressive on graduate school applications. 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 other activities. Students may also choose to participate in national or regional communication conferences through the presentation of research and attendance at panel discussions. For information about Lambda Pi Eta, contact Professor Sallyanne Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest student news, faculty achievements, interesting profiles and other news that you can really use can be found on the CommBlog.
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Here you'll find links to news andresources pertaining to the professional field of communication and its job market.
Published by the National Communication Association (NCA), this online web magazine offers current communication research published by academic journals affiliated to the NCA in a language that is easy to digest for general audiences.
"NCA is a scholarly society and as such works to enhance the research, teaching, and service produced by its members on topics of both intellectual and social significance (...) NCA is the oldest and largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education. Founded in 1914 (...) NCA takes the lead in publicizing the discipline's scholarship through press releases and regular contacts with policy makers." (From NCA's website , "About NCA," 2007).
"ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,200 members in 70 countries (...)" (From ICA's website, "About ICA: Welcome from ICA's President," 2007).
"IAMCR is the worldwide professional organization in the field of media and communication research. Its members promote global inclusiveness and excellence within the best traditions of critical research in the field. Its objectives include strengthening and encouraging the participation of new scholars, women, and those from economically disadvantaged regions, including researchers from African, Asian and South and Central American countries." (From IAMCR's website, "About IAMCR," 2007).
"The Eastern Communication Association was initially established in 1910 and continues as the oldest professional communication association in the United States. As a distinguished service-oriented organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching, the association welcomes members who share the goals and objectives of a membership dedicated to participation in state, regional, and national activity." (From ECA's website, "About ECA," 2007).
"Chartered in 1947, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession. We also advocate for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, and act as one of the industry’s leading voices on the important business and professional issues of our time."
"IPRA is the world's most relevant, resourceful and influential professional association for senior international public relations executives."
Academic advising in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University is a key component of the teaching and learning relationship that is at the heart of educating the whole person.
Students should be sure to read these instructions and resources carefully before seeking advising from a faculty member. We have streamlined the advising procedures for Communication majors by simplifying the process. Please note that faculty during advising receive a lot of email and it is difficult to advise via email. Before emailing your advisor, be sure to carefully read these instructions.
Remember that advising is a year-long process and that advising does not happen just during the registration period. The registration period is a very busy one for faculty, so consider seeking advising about things like graduate school, careers and other big concerns for times outside of the registration period.
Communication AND PR Advising Procedures in Two Easy Steps
If your assigned faculty advisor is not available when you need advising, you can meet with any other faculty member. Every faculty member has access to all transcripts and any faculty member can help you. If your advisor is away on sabbatical or leave, please feel free to see any available faculty member. Please consult the appointment book in DMH 232 to see your advisor's availability.
Please note that if COMM or PREL is not your first listed major your PIN will be with your advisor in your first listed major.
Spring 2018 Advising Dates and Times
Before seeking advising help, follow these steps:
Some helpful resources for advising:
Pretty much all of your questions about advising and requirements can be found online. We agree the web can be a confusing place, but as a Communication or Public Relations major you should be skilled in seeking answers. Here are some helpful links for finding out (quite literally) all the answers to any questions you may have.
For Communication Majors:
For Public Relations Majors:
For BOTH Communication and Public Relations Majors:
Things you may want to discuss with your advisor:
Department of Communication Advising Goals and Responsibilities
Goals for Advisees:
Your Responsibilities as an Advisee:
Your Advisor’s Responsibilities: