Minoring in Communication at Providence College

What is the Study of Communication?

In our globally connected, information-driven culture, effective communication is a critical skill. To be able to express and interpret spoken, written, and visual ideas is to be a savvy and ethical participant in contemporary discourse. Understanding how mediated messages are produced, convey meaning, and are interpreted allows us to navigate an increasingly complex digital information ecosystem.

Why Minor in Communication at Providence College?

The Communication minor at Providence College introduces students to the principles of mediated and interpersonal communication, with coursework attending to visual, oral, and written expression within a variety of interdisciplinary subject areas. Students learn the theoretical and historical underpinnings and methodological practices of communication as a field and its relationship with media, culture, politics, and society. This minor prepares graduates for a variety of careers, including in graphic design, commercial art, marketing, advertising, theatre, television, film, radio, arts administration, fundraising, community organizing, project management, public relations, media, and journalism.

How to Apply

The minor is currently available by application only. Students who have declared a major may apply in their first or second year during the application period, which runs through September and January. Notification of decisions are sent in October and February. Students who do not receive an initial acceptance may reapply.

Apply to the Communication Minor

The Fall 2022 application process is open now. To apply, please submit the following materials using the link below.

  • Application Requirements: Due October 7, 2022 
  • Decisions sent no later than October 28, 2022

Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words) 
Explain your interest in the Communication minor. How does it connect with your major? In what ways will an interdisciplinary minor enhance your learning goals? How will your skills and interests contribute to the cohort of communication minors at Providence College?

Sample Creative or Academic Work
Please use this space to submit a sample of work that reflects your skills and/or goals in the Communication program. Examples might include writing samples, photography, paintings or drawings, video, digital content, and others.  

Please note: Only students who have declared a major are eligible to declare a minor. Current juniors and seniors are not eligible to apply. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of interdisciplinary faculty. The application process will reopen in Spring 2023.

Communication Minor Application

Program Director

Dr. Andrea M. McDonnell
Communication Program Director / Associate Professor of Political Science
Howley Hall 315

What you'll study

Through this program, students are expected to produce excellent works in various media including written, oral, and visual. Students learn the theoretical and historical underpinnings of communication as a field and its relationship with societal trends and issues. And perhaps most importantly, communication courses help students learn cross-disciplinary thinking and how to gather, synthesize, and evaluate critically information from various sources.

Required Courses

  • COM 100: Intro to Communication
  • TDF 102: Intro to Oral Communication
  • ARH 201: Visual Communication
  • ENG 202: Rhetorical Analysis and Argumentation
  • Communication Elective — choose from the following
    o ENG 375: From Page to Screen
    o COM 301: Media and Society
    o HIS/MKT 367: Marketing Campaigns in U.S. History c. 1850
    o HIS 327: Reading and Writing in Early America
    o PSC 326: Mass Media and Politics
    o PSC 382: Politics of Visual Culture
    o Special Topics available on a rotating basis
  • Communication Internship (COM 452) or Independent Study (COM 490)
  • Communication Capstone

Notable Alumni in the Field

  • Doris Burke ’87, ’92G, & ’05Hon.
    Analyst for NBA on ESPN
    Major: Health Service Administration & Social Work
  • John O’Hurley ’76 & ’06Hon.
    Actor, singer, author, and entrepreneur; Seinfeld, The X-Files, Dancing with the Stars
    Major: Theatre
  • Peter Farrelly ’79
    Academy Award winning Producer, Director, Writer; Green Book
    With brother Bobby Farrelly: Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary
    Major: Accounting
  • Mark Ockerbloom ’85
    Anchor, Boston 25 News
    Major: English
  • Cayleigh Griffin ’14
    Host, AT&T SportsNet Houston
    Major: Humanities, Minor: Film
  • Edward Scanlon ’55, ’00Hon.
    Executive Vice President, NBC (retired)
    Major: Management
  • Sean McAdam ’81
    Reporter, Boston Sports Journal
    Major: Political Science
  • David Angell ’69
    Emmy Award winning Producer and CreatorWings, Frasier, Cheers
    Major: General Science
  • Mike Leonard ’70, ’00Hon.
    Filmmaker, formerly of NBC Today Show
    Major: Economics