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Communication at Mary Baldwin offers a personal, hands-on approach to learning. The discipline places an emphasis on writing and speaking as well as visual and media literacy. Opportunities abound to mesh theory — classroom learning and text book reading — with practice. Students engage with media organizations, communication internships, and service learning projects in the Staunton community.

Why study communication at Mary Baldwin University?

The study of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. A large and diverse academic discipline, communication includes inquiry by humanists, social scientists and critical and cultural studies scholars.

  • Students develop the ability to develop their skills and to practice conducting independent research in their area of choice in the field of communication.
  • Students write media style work that often appears in campus publications and on the university’s website, as well as in local media. Professors provide individualized, one-on-one writing instruction for writing emphasis courses taught in the discipline.
  • Students integrate classroom learning with practice by working directly with members of the local communities in service learning organizations and through supervised internships in different areas of communication.
  • Students develop their public and group presentation skills in almost all communication courses at Mary Baldwin. Our students practice what we teach — the art of public speaking — and get supportive instruction in this vital skill.
The National Communication Association
Public Relations Society of America
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Lambda Pi Eta (honor society for Communication scholars)

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