Every instructor pushed and supported their students as much as possible, and I was able to see noticeable improvement in my work because of their guidance. I think studying Communication at Chatham is special because the curriculum is all encompassing. The program has students learn about every aspect of Communication.
—HALEY DAUGHERTY '22, Communication, Journalism & Political Science
Gain Practical, Hands-On Experience
The Communication program helps students build bridges between the classroom and the professional world of media by working with small business and nonprofit clients and by contributing to the Communiqué, Chatham’s student-run newspaper and website.
Explore the Communication Degree:
Chatham's program allows you to explore related disciplines, such as media arts, within the same degree program. As you learn applied skills combined with history, theory, and context, you will gain a strong and creative foundation for life beyond college.
- Versatile and interdisciplinary: The Communication program invites students to combine their major coursework with other areas of personal interest. Chatham’s liberal arts focus allows students to explore multiple disciplines or even pursue a double major or minor. Communication students have also studied business, marketing, photography, political science, women and gender studies, and social justice. The interdisciplinary nature of Communication prepares students to be well-rounded, socially conscious storytellers and media makers.
- Practical experience: Students will prepare for careers in media through coursework, co-curricular activities, and internships. Journalism students learn how to plan, produce, and promote a multiplatform news outlet by working for the Communiqué, Chatham’s student-run media outlet that’s modeled after a professional newsroom. Through Chatham’s student-run PR, marketing, and design firm, students get to create campaigns for real-world clients and explore the roles and responsibilities of working in an agency setting. Students also have the opportunity to work extensively with audio-visual equipment, including camcorders; DSLRs; studio and location lighting systems; tripods; dollies; microphones; audio mixers; and recorders. Students also have access to editing labs, a designated studio space, and an audio booth.
- Capstone and Integrated Degree Opportunities: All undergraduate students complete a capstone seminar that channels the knowledge they’ve accumulated into a discipline-specific project under close faculty guidance. Chatham is one of the few universities across the country that offers such an independent and student-driven program. Plus, qualified students from the communications program can be admitted early to Chatham's Master of Communication and Master of Professional Writing programs, saving money and speeding time towards graduation with two degrees.
The Communiqué Newsroom
This professional development course is designed to give students hands-on training in the various roles that work together to make a multiplatform newsroom function by fulfilling a staff position with the Communiqué. Students will develop skills related to developing/pitching story ideas, beat reporting, story budgets, print newspaper design, and digital journalism.
Practical Public Relations
Students learn the theories, practical writing skills, and strategies involved in planning and implementing public relations campaigns. The course is an exploration in how to influence public opinion/behavior and build connections with legacy and new media outlets through effective, ethical, and socially responsible communication.
This course introduces students to sociopsychological theories that measure and quantify communication. Students will focus on attitudes, behaviors, and values to identify cause-and-effect relationships. As a writing-intensive course, students will develop a term-long project that demonstrates interaction and influence.View Full Curriculum
If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.
Students in journalism learn the practice of investigating, reporting, and writing for newspapers, magazines, and online platforms, including websites, social media, and blogs. This concentration combines traditional journalism fundamentals with courses in film and video, photography, and Web design to equip students with a versatile toolkit of multimedia storytelling skills. A foundation in communications theory, history, and media ethics provides students with a deeper understanding of journalistic practice in an ever-changing global media industry.
Students in public relations learn promotion, advertising, and branding strategiesthrough research and hands-on projects. This concentration combines writing with multimedia skills, including photography, film and video production, social media strategy, and design. These technical skills are grounded in communications theory and media ethics to prepare students to represent brands and businesses in the global marketplace.
Students develop design foundations, a knowledge of communication methodologies, design practices, and problem-solving techniques. These communication systems are adapted to varying forms of media—from print and video to the web—so that students become flexible and responsible designers working within a rapidly shifting global culture.
Students focusing in human communication gain the interpersonal expertise necessary to thrive in business. Graduates will be prepared to work in fields such as human resources and internal communication. Students will also be prepared to pursue graduate work within the field.
Students have interned at a variety of settings, including organizations such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, KDKA-TV, WPXI-TV, WQED-TV, WTAE-TV, WYEP-FM, Women in Film and Media, Pittsburgh City Paper, Ad Impressions, Carnegie Museum, Carnegie Science Center, Ticketmaster, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Pittsburgh Magazine, Trib Total Media, Postindustrial Media, the Jewish Association on Aging, and the Pittsburgh Media Partnership.
Butler County Community College (BC3) BA in Communication Partnership
Students can save tens of thousands of dollars on a BA in Communication from Chatham University with the BC3+CU program.Download Info (PDF) : Checkerboard 6 - Butler County Community College (BC3) BA in Communication Partnership
Integrated Degree Program
Qualified students from the communications program can be admitted early to Chatham's Master of Communication program, saving money and speeding time towards graduation with two degrees.Integrated Degree Program Info : Checkerboard 7 - Integrated Degree Program