Communication Rockhurst Advantage
A student-centered approach
The Communication faculty use a student-centered approach in advising, instructing and coordinating internships for students. Students work closely with highly educated and qualified faculty members who emphasize student development in their small classes.
Faculty members have valuable connections in the Kansas City business community to help students find the internship opportunities that fit them best. Selected courses are taught by local professionals who offer networking opportunities and discuss current issues and trends.
Communication majors gain valuable consulting experience during their senior capstone by working closing with various nonprofit organizations to identify communication challenges. Students use their understanding of communication processes, models, concepts and theories to analyze and evaluate what they see in these organizations and then propose practical and workable solutions to those challenges.
Outstanding communication majors and minors serve as communication tutors in Rockhurst’s Learning Center. Communication tutors help Rockhurst students with oral presentation skills and with speechwriting. Through tutoring, communication tutors deepen their understanding of the subject and sharpen valuable skills in communication and interpersonal relations. Tutors also gain valuable information about topics such as learning styles, active listening, effective questioning and setting goals for tutoring sessions.
Students have opportunities to learn about the changing world of journalism by working on the Sentinel, Rockhurst’s student newspaper. Students can gain experience with reporting, editing, advertising sales, web and print design, information technology management and more.
A number of communication courses offer service learning opportunities for students. For example, students enrolled in public relations created campaigns for a local charity event. Students in interpersonal communication have teamed up with at-risk youth to help them improve their communication skills. These experiences engage students in active learning that demonstrates the relevance and importance of academic work for their life experience and career choices. They help students become more aware of current societal issues, enhance their critical thinking skills and develop civic responsibility through active community involvement.
Pulling it all together
Because the faculty who teach communication work so closely together, students can become well-rounded in both human communication and mass communication. Students gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they need not only to get a job, but to pursue graduate studies and/or become leaders in their field.