Department Quick Facts
Wittenberg University Department of Communication - Honors and Recognition
In 2010, Wittenberg’s Department of Communication won the Rex Mix program of Excellence award from the Undergraduate College and University Section of the National Communication Association.
The Integrated Media Corps (IMC), a collaborative academic and work-study program designed to help interested students learn how to become the media professionals of the future, won the Distinguished Program Award from the Ohio Communication Association in 2014.
Associate Professor Katie Warber currently serves as the Director of First-Year programs at Wittenberg, recognized for her creativity in designing and implementing Wittenberg’s comprehensive first-year program. Dr. Warber was also named Wittenberg's Woman of the Year in 2013.
In 2013, Associate Professor Sheryl Cunningham was awarded the Lou Laux Environmental Sustainability Award for her efforts and creativity devoted to cultivating a spirit of environmentalism on campus. Dr. Cunningham also earned the Distinguished New Teacher Award from the Ohio Communication Association in 2013.
Associate Professor Stefne Broz won Wittenberg’s 2012 Collegium Award for Excellence in Teaching, the only teaching award given by the faculty itself.
In 2014, Professor of Communication Catherine Waggoner earned the Wittenberg Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest honor a professor can receive at Wittenberg.
Communication Major Requirements
The communication major consists of 36 semester hours, distributed at follows: Communication 200, 300, and 403; eight hours from 270S, 280, and 290S; 12 semester hours from 301, 320, 322, 323, 327, 328, 330, 350, 351, 360, and 361; and four hours in an elective in Communication; or other approved courses. Attendance at departmental colloquia is also required.
Degrees Offered by the Department of Communication
Upon graduation, communication students earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Honors Available to Communication Majors
As Wittenberg defines it, graduating "with honors" has to do with cumulative GPA, be that cum laude, mangna cum laude, or summa cum laude. To find out for which a student may qualify, take the cumulative GPA in question and and then match it to the section on "Honors in Course" on this page.
"Department Honors" is a distinction reserved for folks who completed an honors thesis within the department. (See the same page, lower down.)
A student can also attain membership in the University's Xi Phi Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication honorary, however this is separate from Honors in Course, the University Honors Program, or Departmental Honors.
What can I do with a Communication Major?
The department of Communication at Wittenberg is committed to providing a true liberal arts education for its majors. Thus, our primary goal is to help our students think critically and approach their lives in an enlightened, open-minded and ethical manner. We also recognize that potential students are often curious about the professional paths Communication majors tend to pursue. Upon graduation, some students with an interest in communication have chosen employment in jobs such as the following:
- LinkedIn, Product Engagement Specialist
- Google, Associate Account Strategist
- The Black Box Improv Theater, Founder and Owner
- Brunner Advertising, Media Coordinator
- Duke University Athletics, Associate Sports Information Director
- BalletMet Education Faculty, Teaching Artist
- Thomas & Marker Construction, Proposal Marketing Coordinator
- Cornerstone Home Healthcare, Community Liaison
- Hearst Magazines, Senior Director of Portfolio Strategy
- Royal Caribbean Cruises, Strategic Account Manager
- Wall Street Journal, Associate Editor
- Serino/Coyne, Digital Media Planner/Buyer
- Alliance Data, HR Advisor
- Staten Island Yankees Baseball, Director of Marketing and Fan Experience
- KIPP Columbus Education Management, Executive Director
- Indiana University, South Bend, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
- Dublin Arts Council, Director of Evaluation and Stewardship
How do I get a letter of reference from a professor?
We are happy to provide a letter of reference or recommendation for students who have demonstrated commitment, character and competence in the courses they have taken with us.
When requesting a letter of reference or recommendation, please provide as many of the following materials as possible, at least two weeks in advance of the deadline, so that we are able to write a relevant, accurate and persuasive letter:
- Any forms that need to be completed in addition to the letter.
- The name(s) of people to whom the letter/form is to be addressed, as well as the address where the letter/form needs to be sent, and the deadline the letter/form needs to be received. Please provide an addressed, stamped envelope for returning the form.
- Some information about the program or job, highlighting the specific characteristics for which you are especially suited, and the criteria by which candidates are evaluated, so we can speak directly to the characteristics they are seeking.
- Your specific interest in this program or job; you could provide the statement of interest that you have written as part of your application - why do you want this position at this particular organization, or to be a graduate student at this particular school?
- Your accomplishments/involvements at Wittenberg; this helps us tie in the things you have done that may be relevant to the characteristics they are seeking.
- Any Communication-related projects that you have worked on or completed that may be relevant to the position or program.
- Your unofficial transcript, if you wish; this is not required, but it helps us speak to your academic preparation, which may be relevant to the program or job for which you are applying
It is not required that you provide all of these materials, but the more you can provide, the better able we will be to speak to your qualifications for the position or program.
Remember, you should make the request and provide these materials at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to ensure we have sufficient time to complete it. Failure to give at least two weeks' notice may result in your letter arriving after the deadline.