Professional Communications

Mission Statement

The Professional Communications Program is dedicated to teaching relevant and marketable 21st century communication skills. In this interdisciplinary major, faculty mentors from the Communication, Art, and English programs work closely with students as they build valuable skills in creative, social, workplace, and global communications; collaborate successfully in design teams; and create communication plans in partnership with local businesses and agencies. At graduation with either a 2 or 4-year degree, Professional Communications majors will have professional communications portfolios including:

  • website content writing and site design;
  • social media content creation;
  • print and electronic publication;
  • document design and production;
  • business and technical writing;
  • visual rhetoric and multimedia composition;
  • digital photography;
  • group, organizational, and strategic communication; and,
  • other written, oral, visual, and 21st-century digital communication skills within a workplace context.

 

Facilities

Robert S. Wood Hall opened in September, 1989 and contains an auditorium, several general classrooms, seminar rooms, two smart classrooms and the Instructional Design and Media Center, which assists faculty with online learning and additional technology. The offices of senior and part-time faculty are on the second floor.

The Rio Grande John W. Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center opened in 1981. A signature glass atrium introduces visitors to the Center and serves as an entry to the 500-seat state-of-the-art Alphus R. Christensen Theatre. The theatre hosts numerous university and community productions and serves as a cultural hub to residents in a five-county area of Southern Ohio and West Virginia. Within the Center, the Art Department houses a Mac computer lab with Adobe software for web and print production, a large-scale color printer, a fully equipped darkroom and multi- purpose classrooms.

The Esther Allen Greer Museum houses a 3,000 square foot exhibition space, museum prep room for framing and preparing artwork for display, multi-purpose classrooms and the University Archives. Among the museum’s holdings are numerous prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture comprising the Brooks Jones Endowment Collection.

The Art Annex was constructed in 1997. This 10,000 square foot building houses equipment and dedicated space for woodworking, metalworking, stone carving, printmaking, drawing, painting, hand building and wheel throwing ceramics, as well as a number of kilns and a foundry.

Degree Requirements

​The Professional Communications degree follows the Rio model of two-year associate degree + two-year stackable bachelor’s degree. Students take classes in Communication, Art, and English to gain the perspective, knowledge, and skills necessary to communicate professionally, creatively, and effectively in the 21st century workplace. In the 4-year bachelor program, students are offered internship opportunities with local businesses and agencies and choose from a variety of course electives that will enhance their individual interests, their future goals, and their Professional Communications portfolios.

Associate of Art – Professional Communications (0922)

General Education must include:

DescriptionCredits
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
Total General Education hours39

Major Area required courses:

DescriptionCredits

Communication (9 hours):

COM 20103 Intercultural Communication3
COM 22103 Principles of Discussion3
COM 22303 Interviewing3

Art (7 hours):

ART 20404 Vector Graphics and Design4
ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design3

English (9 hours):

ENG 21403 Business and Technical Writing3
ENG 28103 Professional Writing3
ENG 28803: Special topics in literature, writing or grammar3
Total Major Area Hours25
Total hours needed to graduate64

 

Bachelor of Science – Professional Communications (0951)

General Education must include:

DescriptionCredits
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
Total General Education hours39

Major Area required courses

DescriptionCredits

Communication (21 hours):

COM 20103 Intercultural Communication3
COM 21102 Oral Interpretation2
COM 22103 Principles of Discussion3
COM 22303 Interviewing3
COM 40103 Social Media Strategies3
COM 43203 Organizational Communication3
COM 37703 Communication Seminar I3

Art (22-23 hours):

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 20404 Vector Graphics and Design4
ART 25404 Western Art History II4
ART 26904 Digital Photography4
ART 48801-04 Selected Topics in Art1-4

English (21 hours):

ENG 21403 Business and Technical Writing3
ENG 22103 Creative Writing3
ENG 25303 American Literature3
ENG 28803: Special topics in literature, writing or grammar3
ENG 28103/38103 Professional Writing3
ENG 33403 The English Language3
ENG 37103 Literature and Media3

Internship And Portfolio (7 hours):

Writing and Communication Internship6
Portfolio1
Total Major Area Hours71-72
Electives at 300-400 level

Suggested courses:

                COM 33103 Health Communication

                 MKT 33403 Marketing Research

                MKT 34403 Consumer Behavior

                PSY 33103 Organizational Psychology

                PSY 33203 Social Psychology

                PSY 37103 Personality

                SOC 36103 Social Research

                ART 300/400 Any Upper Level Art Course

12
Total hours needed to graduate122-123
Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Professional Communications (0935)
DescriptionCredits
COM 20103 Intercultural Communication3
COM 22303 Interviewing3
COM 40103 Social Media Strategies3
ENG 21403 Business and Technical Writing3
ENG 28103/38103 Professional Writing3
ART 20404 Vector Graphics and Design4
Total Minor Area required hours19