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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication

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Location: Griffin Hall 400
Telephone: 859-572-5436
Fax: 859-572-6187
Email Address: communication@nku.edu
Web Address: http://comm.nku.edu
Department Chair: Stephen Yungbluth
Program Director(s):

Communication Studies Program Director: Andrea Lambert South
Electronic Media & Broadcasting Program Director: Sara Drabik
Health Communication Program Director: Andrea Lambert South
Journalism Program Co-Directors: Michele Day
Media Informatics Program Director: Sunil Ketty
Public Relations Program Director: Gregory De Blasio

Other Key Personnel:

General Education Director: Jeff Fox
Student Media Adviser: Michele Day
Senior Operations Coordinator: Sue Murphy-Angel
Academic Coordinator: Christa Witt
Academic Specialist: Monique Walker

Full-Time Faculty: Wesley Akers, Alyssa Appelman, Steve Bien-Aime, Whittney Darnell, Chrystal Daugherty, Michele Day, Gregory De Blasio, Sara Drabik, Jacqueline Emerine, Jeff Fox, John Gibson, Zachary Hart, Stacie Jankowski, Stephen Johnson, Sunil Ketty, Stephanie Klatzke, Jessica Kratzer, Yasue Kuwahara, Andrea Lambert-South, Mark Leeman, Lex Pulos, J. Michael Skaggs, Tracy Songer, Christopher Strobel, David Thomson, Steven Weiss, Stephen Yungbluth

Thinking about the discipline: The Department of Communication fosters an integrated approach to the study and practice of communication and emphasizes the fundamental role communication plays in virtually all human endeavors.

Students majoring in communication studies, electronic media and broadcasting, health communications, journalism, media informatics, or public relations will take courses that teach basic and advanced skills in computer-mediated, digital, spoken, visual, aural, and written communication. They also promote an understanding of communication principles and theories as well as an awareness of the personal, social, psychological, and cultural impacts of communication. The department’s courses also emphasize situational analysis, issue identification, problem solving, message construction, storytelling, and effective presentation.

Communication students aspire to become professional communicators in fields such as broadcast, online, and print journalism; 3D, animation, computer-mediated, audio, and video storytelling; organizational communication; public relations; and health communication.

Special opportunities for our students: The communication department provides numerous opportunities for practical and applied experiences through an active internship program, projects and practicum courses, and student organizations. The department is home to NorseMedia, which creates media for NKU’s web presence and cable television station, as well as Norse PROvisions, a student-run public relations firm. In addition, the NKU student newspaper (The Northerner) and online radio station (Norse Code Radio) are housed in the department. Students also have the opportunity to join a variety of discipline-specific student organizations such as the MINjas, NKU E-Sports, Norse Film Society, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Society for Professional Journalists. High achieving students are also eligible to join the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta.

Special graduation requirements: All majors and minors must earn a letter grade of C- or better and a 2.0 GPA in their major or minor courses.

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