Communication, Elliott School of

The Elliott School of Communication offers an integrated major in communication leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Students can develop a special (open) emphasis that respects their background and experience and is consistent with their educational and professional goals, or choose a structured emphasis in strategic communication, journalism, electronic media or integrated marketing communication.

This comprehensive communica­tion degree has three distinguishing characteristics:

  1. It is interdisciplinary in nature, reflecting the contemporary belief that all communication media are engaged in essentially the same functions (gathering information and creating and disseminating messages) and that the present-day communication professional must be schooled in the basic skills—writing, speaking and visual communication—and must develop the ability to plan, organize, evaluate and think strategically. Founded on the principle that communication specialists should also be communication generalists, this degree program combines disciplinary strengths in an inter-disciplinary matrix.
  2. It is consistent with the mission of Wichita State University to offer programs that are responsive to the needs of the urban community that the university serves. The Kansas communication industry has its focus in Wichita, the major media center of the state.
  3. Its location allows the program and its students to take full advantage of the communication opportunities afforded by the largest city in Kansas. The region of the state served by WSU includes one public and four commercial television stations, more than 15 radio stations, nine daily and 32 weekly newspapers, more than 25 advertising agencies, and a range of international, national, regional and local industries, businesses, and public agencies, many with substantial communication operations. This setting allows students to combine academic and professional interests in a program that matches concept with example, education with experience.

Admission Requirements

Students planning to pursue a major in communication must make formal application for admission to major status. To be admitted, applicants must be students in Fairmount College; have an overall grade point average of 2.500 or better; pass a standardized departmental English proficiency test (the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation test, or GSP); and file an Application for Admission to Major Status form with the Elliott School of Communication. Additional information regarding the application process and procedures is available from the main office of the Elliott School, 102 EH.

Advising Requirements

The undergraduate coordinator will advise all premajors in communication to help students understand and attempt to meet the requirements for admission to major status in communication (see Admission Requirements above). Upon admission to major status, students will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will help them select their emphasis area or develop an open emphasis, which requires preparation of an undergraduate plan of study. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisors at least once a semester while they are enrolled.

Portfolio Requirement

Students majoring in communication must submit a portfolio of work for review. The portfolio should reflect their academic and professional work in communication. Portfolio review sessions will be scheduled in both the fall and spring. Students should schedule their review upon achieving senior status (i.e., finishing 90 credit hours of coursework) and after completing at least 18 credit hours of communication coursework. Additional information is available from the main office of the Elliott School, 102 EH.

Communication Core Courses

Communication & Society
Introduction to Human Communication
Writing for the Mass Audience
Visual Technologies
Introduction to Multimedia
Speaking in Business and the Professions
Communication Research and Inquiry
Communication Analysis and Criticism
Communication Law and Responsibility
Historical and Theoretical Issues in Communication

Certificates in Communication

Courses in the Elliott School of Communication