Communication

The University of Dubuque Communication major reflects a commitment to the University's Mission through a multi-faceted program of study that begins by developing foundational, theory-based communication understanding. Thus, these competencies prepare students to develop basic critical thinking skills vital to working in emerging 21st century communication technologies.

What You Will Learn

The focused emphasis of Organizational and Public Relations Studies prepares students for careers within organizations (corporate, non-profit, agency, and consultancy) by developing an understanding of how interpersonal, intercultural, and persuasive communication influence organizational communication in everyday and crisis situations.

The focused emphasis of Media Studies prepares students for careers in mass and new media (e.g. broadcasting, journalism, mass communication) by developing an understanding of how interpersonal, intercultural, and persuasive communication impact areas of written communication used throughout print, visual and digital technology, etc.

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque communication student completes their course of study by 1) completing a full-semester internship in their area of interest, and 2) producing a significant project that applies to the student's career choice.  

What Our Students Do

As the University of Dubuque Communication major provides students with both understanding of the field and skill competence, our students serve both the university community and the community at large.  Students provide valuable support to the university through classroom projects, committee assignments, and serving in leadership roles.  The local community is served through student involvement in internships and communication support to area organizations. 

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque communication graduates are prepared for dynamic careers in a wide variety of fields including public relations, integrated marketing, government, health care, and non-profit advocacy. Many of our students go on to graduate programs in business, communication, and psychology/sociology.

News from the Department

Professor Franklin Yartey recently published a journal article; Yartey, F.N.A., & Ha, L. (2013). “Like, share, recommend: Smartphones as a self-broadcast and self-promotion medium of college students.” International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 9, special issue on Mobility and Human Interaction, 20-40. 

Communication - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
ENG 101: Composition & Rhetoric (3)
UDMA 112: Algebra (4) or other Math Course

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
COM 104: Communication Studies & Careers (1)
COM 108: Managing Digital Identities (2)
COM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)
RES 104: Research & Writing (3)
BIO 110: Human Biology and Lab (4) or ther Science Lab Course


Year Two

Fall Semester
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course
COM 250: Mass Media (3)
COM 320: Intercultural Communication (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
UDIN 115: World Geography (3) or other Global Awareness Course
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or Other Aesthetics B Course
COM Elective (3)
CCS 101/UDLS 111: Cross-Cultural Studies (1)/Elementary Spanish (3) or other Global Awareness Course
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)


Year Three

Fall Semester
COM: Electives(s) (3-6)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
COM 354: Worldview Seminar III (3)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)


Year Four

Fall Semester
COM 495: Communication Senior Seminar (3)
COM: Elective(s) (3-6)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
COM: Elective(s) (3-6)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)

Franklin Yartey (2018)

   

Franklin Yartey

Communication Department Head
Associate Professor of Communication
PhD, Bowling Green State University
MA, Indiana State University
BA, Northwestern College

Phone: 563.589.3181
Email: FYartey@dbq.edu
Office: 311 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416


Michelle Grace (2018)

   

Michelle Grace

Assistant Professor of Communication
Director of Speech Communication and Internship Coordinator

Phone: 563.589.3204
Email: MGrace@dbq.edu>
Office: 313 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416


John Haman (2018)

   

John Haman

Assistant Professor of Communication

Phone:563.589.3313
Email: JHaman@dbq.edu
Office: 307 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416


Sue Ann Marino (2018)

   

Sue Ann Marino

Assistant Professor of Communication
MA, DePaul University
BA, University of Iowa

Phone: 563.589.3641
Email: SMarino@dbq.edu
Office: 307 Van Vliet Hall
Fax:
563.589.3416


Jenn Supple-Bartels (2018)

   

Jenn Supple

Associate Professor
EdD, National Louis University
MA, University of Northern Iowa
BFA, Drake University

Phone: 563.589.3411
Email: JSupple@dbq.edu
Office: 312 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416




Dishon Deering (2018)

   

Dishon Deering

Adjunct Professor of Communication
Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach

MAC, University of Dubuque
BA, University of Dubuque

Phone: 563.589.3706
Email: DDeering@dbq.edu
Office: 220 Mercer-Birmingham


Mike Federspiel (2018)

   

Mike Federspiel

Graduate Assistant - Communication Department                           
Adjunct Professor of Communication

Phone: 
Email: MFederspiel@dbq.edu
Office: 315A Van Vliet Hall


Jen Hogue (2018)

   

Jennifer Hogue

Adjunct Professor of Communication
Adjunct Professor of Theatre

Phone: 
Email: JHogue@dbq.edu


Jenny Johnson (2018)

   

Jenny Johnson

Adjunct Professor of Communication
MAC, University of Dubuque
BS, Loras College             

Phone: 
Email: JAJohnson@dbq.edu
Office: 312 Van Vliet Hall


Michelle Markham (2018)

   

Michelle Markham

Adjunct Professor of Communication

Phone: 
Email: MMarkham@dbq.edu


Lynn Roth (2018)

   

Lynn Roth

Adjunct Professor of Communication

Phone: 
Email: LRoth@dbq.edu


Amy Schauer (Date Unknown)

   

Amy Schauer

Adjunct Professor of Communication

Phone:
Email: ASchauer@dbq.edu


Careers in Communication

The most common question communication majors are asked is “What do you do with a communication degree?” Our students often respond, “Name one field in which being a less effective communicator is a good thing.” In support, we and they can point to numerous studies showing most employers rank communication skills first in what they look for when making a hiring decision.

BA Opportunities

A bachelor’s degree in communication provides students with the skills they need to thrive in a variety of professional settings, such as for-profit business, non-profit advocacy, higher education, political campaigns, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Their positions within these settings are equally varied, including social media specialists, event planners, public relations advisors, grant writers, development directors, community coordinators, campaign managers, broadcasters, attorneys, and educators.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Students graduating with a communication degree from the University of Dubuque are prepared not only to enter the workforce directly, but also to continue their education in graduate-level study. The University of Dubuque offers a masters of arts in communication. This program focuses on the interpersonal and organizational communication skills needed to lead in a global professional environment. Graduates hold executive positions within a variety of organizations, while others have pursued teaching at institutions of higher education. Both graduate and undergraduate students have expanded the usual boundaries of the University of Dubuque major as a result of the program.

Successful Outcomes

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Courtney (Neenan) Schultz,  BA
Communication '13

Throughout my coursework as a communication major at the University of Dubuque, one of the most invaluable lessons I learned was how to be an effective public speaker with all types of people. UD taught me to be comfortable communicating on a personal level during one-on-one conversations as well as in large group settings. My communication coursework in mass media and public relations also prepared me for creating professional website and social media content. All of these lessons have prepared me for my job as a Career Coach at Northeast Iowa Community College.