• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities
  • Graduate Success

Communication

Major, Minor

Overview

Ripon College’s Department of Communication received the 2014 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award from the National Communication Association, recognizing the best undergraduate communication program in the United States.

The study of communication at Ripon is a thoughtful balance of theory and practice, designed to deepen  understanding of the field and also to refine the ability to apply theories of communication to real-world situations. A degree in communication empowers students to become agents of change within society.


Program Spotlight

Faculty

Jody Roy

Jody Roy

Professor of Communication, The Victor and Carrie Palmer Endowed Chair for Leadership Values

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Steve Martin

Steven Martin

Associate Professor of Communication, Chair of Communication Department, Mentor for Oral Communication and Collaboration Skills (Catalyst Curriculum)

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Requirements

Requirements for a major in communication: 32 credit hours in communication, including CMM 215, 348, either 336 or 352, 505, 415; and 12 additional credit hours in communication of which at least eight must be at or above the 200 level.

Requirements for a minor in communication: 20 credit hours in communication, including CMM 215, 348, 415 and eight additional credit hours in communication of which at least four must be at or above the 200 level. Communication majors are strongly encouraged to plan an internship in some area of communication during their junior or senior year at the College. Some recent internships have included the areas of advertising, sales, personnel management, news broadcasting, public relations and journal editing.

Advising

Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

This flexible and adaptable degree that will never become obsolete in a rapidly-changing global economy and leads to job opportunities in public relations, advertising and marketing, media and entertainment, social media, law, politics and many others areas. Knowledge of communication is good preparation for graduate school.

Recent alumni are enrolled in graduate-level programs at such schools as Marquette University, Colorado State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Southern California, Newcastle University (UK), Texas A&M University, the University of Georgia, the University of Utah and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • On average, communication majors complete three internships. Fields of experience have included:  advertising and marketing, social media management, personnel management, nonprofit consultation and fundraising, news broadcasting, journalism, and public relations.
  • More than 80 percent of graduates from Ripon’s Department of Communication are placed in their career of choice before graduation -- 90 percent within six months of graduation.
  • 100 percent of our alumni pursuing graduate education in communication have received full scholarships.
  • Communication majors regularly present original research at state, regional and national conventions in the field of communication, providing tangible, professional public speaking experience and networking opportunities.
  • Speakers Bureau empowers students to make a difference while developing advanced public speaking skills for local, state and national audiences.
  • There are opportunities in speech, deliberation/debate, technology and media, including Ethics Bowl; College Days, Wisconsin's oldest student newspaper; WRPN Radio; Crimson yearbook; Photogenesis; and Parallax literary magazine.

Through the Department of Educational Studies, Early Adolescence and Adolescence (Grades 6-12) teacher certification in speech is available.

Graduate Success

On average, communication majors complete three internships. More than 80 percent of graduates from Ripon’s Department of Communication are placed in their career of choice before graduation (90 percent within six months of graduation), and 100 percent of our alumni pursuing graduate education in communication have received full-ride scholarships.