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The Communications Studies program prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields, including professional writing, public relations, graduate education, law school, creative positions in public relations and advertising (through the digital communication concentration), and a wide variety of other careers that require competent communication professionals.


The Communications degree at SHU provides students with a solid foundation in the latest digital communication trends through the program’s partnership with the Art Department and the major’s focus on requiring students to play with technology in every communications class.

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Specializations

Learn more about the Communications program.

The major offers students specializations in business communication, professional writing, digital communication, and religious communication. Each specialization prepares students to enter a variety of careers from public relations and human resources, journalism, graduate school, law school, advertising or a variety of new media positions.

The required internship requirement allows each student to gain professional job experience and direction regarding career choices prior to graduation. The program’s capstone project is a research study based on the student’s area of specialization that is completed at in his/her junior/senior year with the help of the communications faculty. 

Learn more about the Communications faculty.

Zerbe, Erin

Zerbe, Erin

Assistant Professor of Art517-264-7861

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree Communications.

A BA degree in Communications from Siena Heights University prepares students for the following fields: 

  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Human resources
  • Law school
  • Graduate education in counseling or communication studies
  • Design editor
  • Translator (with a minor or second major in Spanish)
  • Publishing
  • Digital media layout
  • Copy writer
  • Campaign director/Program coordinator
  • Health educator
  • The choices are endless!

Learn more about clubs and organizations associated with the Communications program.

Spectra is Siena Heights University’s student newspaper. Written, designed, edited and managed by SHU students, the paper provides service Siena’s student body while giving newspaper staff valuable opportunities to develop the skills that can be used in a wide range of professional fields, from business to journalism, from graphic design to photography. To view the online version of the magazine, visit

Eclipse is Siena Heights University’s student-run literary and arts magazine. Students write manuscripts, solicit submissions, raise funds, edit, design and publish Eclipse bi-annually. 

Professional Writing
The Professional Writing specialization helps students improve their writing skills in preparation for graduate school or to pursue a career in editing, publishing or journalism. The specialization gives students an opportunity to build a writing portfolio through coursework with the student news organization, Spectra, and the student literary journal, Eclipse.

ENG 150: Creative Writing
ENG 242: Spectra (3 semesters required; 1 credit hour per semester)
ENG 272: Introduction to Editing a Literary Journal: Eclipse
ENG 273: Introduction to Publishing a Literary Magazine: Eclipse
ENG 362: Advanced Editing a Literary Journal: Eclipse
ENG 363: Advanced Publishing a Literary Magazine: Eclipse                           

Business Communication
The Business Communication specialization prepares students through the core communication classes to become strong professional writers and public speakers who are grounded in the communication theories and research methods necessary to succeed in the business world. The program’s focus on public relations/marketing courses prepares students for careers in sales, public relations, hospitality, nonprofit work and numerous other business-related occupations.

BAM 100: Intro to Business
BAM 201: Business Communication
MKT 310: Marketing Principles and Cases
MKT 351: Marketing and Promotion 

Digital Communication
The Digital Communication specialization teaches students the fundamentals of digital photography, video production and graphic design. Students take the art courses and combine them with their communication theory and methods courses to be prepared to enter the fast-growing field of multimedia production.  The specialization is perfect for students interested in pursuing careers in film production, advertising, public relations (visual production) and numerous other careers.

ART 105: Foundations I: Core Concepts
ART 111: Foundations II: Foundations IV: Digital Concepts
ART 116: Introduction to Digital Photography
ART 258: Animation and Video
ART 256: Web Design
ART 498: Advanced Animation and Video

Religious Communication
The Religious Communication specialization allows students to explore how religious belief and action motivate human behavior. The specialization is ideal for students interested in pursuing seminary or a master’s degree in counseling after completing their undergraduate degree. The courses are taught by faculty in the Religious Studies and Philosophy departments.

PHI 201: Introduction to Philosophy
RST 102: Introduction to Christian Theology
RST 314: World Religions
RST 318: Values in Video
PHI 361: Philosophy of Religion 

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Humanities


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

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Erin Zerbe

Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media


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Hillary Day Harrington '10

English graduate; Lawyer
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
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