Welcome to Florida Southern’s Communication Department
FSC’s Communication Department has more than 150 students, majoring in advertising, journalism, broadcasting or public relations, making it the third largest department on campus. Students develop effective professional writing and public speaking skills and create projects using industry-standard software and technology. Communication majors graduate prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the industry or to pursue an advanced education.
Why Study Communication at Florida Southern
-- Allison DeVito
Small class size - Students benefit from smaller class sizes at Florida Southern. Courses in communication average 20 students per course, which enables students to interact with faculty on a more personal basis.
Core - Our majors have a core of courses that introduces students to the various concentrations of communication. With a broad knowledge of what other disciplines do, a graduate better understands the career of other media professionals in the communication industry. Should a student decide to change concentrations while in the program, it requires only a few minor changes in schedule. With the inter-concentration core, graduates not only have the essential skills and knowledge for their own discipline, but they have the ability to cross over to other disciplines.
Required internship - Students gain real-world experience through a required internship at newspapers, radio stations, TV stations, advertising and public relations agencies, communication departments of private companies, and public service agencies. Our internship coordinator conducts site visits during a student’s internship to be sure the experience is a positive one for both the student and the company. The coordinator also makes sure the internships are hands-on, working ones -- that is, our interns won’t merely be “fetching coffee.” Additionally, interns are required to give an oral presentation of what they’ve achieved during their internship. To see a list of where our students have interned, click here.
On-campus involvement - Students gain valuable experience by working on The Southern (newspaper), the Interlachen (yearbook), Forensics, or on broadcast news programs. Students have access to industry standard software programs, a large network of alumni, and active professional organizations including the Florida Public Relations Association, the American Advertising Federation, and the National Broadcasting Society.
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