Today—when truths are distorted by some popular but biased media sources, when people spend more time on devices than they do connecting face-to-face, and when conflict characterizes our cultural narratives—we need, more than ever, a dimensional understanding of communication in all of its interdependent aspects.
The Communication major at Regis puts students in the same rooms with an outstanding faculty of scholars and cultural critics, experienced broadcast producers, international public relations specialists, media activists, business communication professionals, conflict management experts, scriptwriters and storytellers, accomplished masters of debate and argumentation and other public speakers.
Graduating seniors leave our program well-equipped for family, social and professional life. Some advance to graduate programs while others begin rewarding careers in marketing, public relations, media production, audio production, social media management, education, business and nonprofit management, law, real estate, community service, sports, sales, health care, event planning and the arts—and other paths too numerous to mention.
Students choose from among three tracks:
Media and Society
The Media and Society track educates and guides students so that they may be informed, ethical and creative practitioners, leaders, critics and consumers in the professions and industries of media and technology. Emphasizing practical application through community engagement and production, students have opportunities to create online content (i.e., podcasts, videos, websites, etc.); write for our school newspaper, The Highlander; produce a show for our radio station, KRCX; write critical-cultural reviews of popular culture texts to present at conferences, and much more.
Public Relations and Civic Engagement
The Public Relations industry is growing all across the globe, including in developing nations and emerging markets like India
. There are opportunities for skilled PR practitioners to work in a wide variety of industries and geographic regions. The Public Relations and Civic Engagement
track at Regis focuses on ethical and transparent public relations that works for social good. While we approach PR primarily from an advocacy lens, students are equipped with the theoretical and practical skills needed to tell stories to a wide variety of people across a range of platforms.
Human Communication and Conflict
According to authoritative sources across the board, communication proficiency (interpersonal communication, collaboration, the ability to analyze and synthesize information, intercultural relations) encompasses the top skill set desired by today’s employers. Studying in the Human Communication and Conflict track means understanding human experiences as systemic, co-created, emergent, narrative and performed. Which aspects of communication can be quantified and predicted—and why, and how? Which features of conflict are beneficially understood as being more about content, or identity, or emotion—and why are those distinctions important? Which questions and issues might be best grasped by inquiring about meaning within contexts of power and justice? Students in this track will, among other things, explore consequences of a conflict-obsessed society and will develop knowledge and practices that, being central to all things human, will positively influence the quality and character of interactions and relationships at home, at work and at large.