by Justin McNeely, Admissions Representative
At the University of New Haven, our communication major helps students develop a comprehensive understanding of interpersonal and organizational communication, public relations, advertising, and mass communication. The program blends theoretical concepts and skills with hands-on experience to prepare students for successful careers in the fields of business and media. Communication students have the use of state-of-the-art facilities, including a communication studio, radio station, TV control room, and our training center, the Laurel Vlock Center for Convergent Media.
Our communication faculty members perform research, publish articles, and have practical experience in their communication specialties. They have served as editors or associate editors of more than a half dozen of the top-tier scholarly journals in the communication field and have received national and international recognition.
Steven A. Raucher, Ph.D., J.D., is chair of the UNH Department of Communication, Film and Theater. He answered a few questions pertaining to the program’s strength and credibility, internship opportunities for students, and direction for the future.
What sets UNH’s communication program apart from other programs?
We give our students a better education in theory and practice than most other schools. As freshmen, students get an extensive hands-on education in production as well as aesthetic and theory courses. This educational philosophy continues throughout their four years here. In their sophomore year, students are encouraged to participate in a live sports production practicum and produce the live webcast of all UNH Charger football home games. Additionally, students use state-of-the-art HD field production equipment, including five HD field cameras, slow motion, and instant replay switching. Students take responsibility for every role, including directing, switching, and instant replay.
What are some of the more exciting internships students have taken part in?
Our students have the opportunity to work in virtually every production, broadcast, and cable company in Connecticut, including MSNBC and ESPN. They get internships in strategic communication with Subway, Edible Arrangements, Mystic Aquarium, Yale-New Haven Hospital, The New Haven Register, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Last summer, two of our students completed internships with best-selling author Adriana Trigiani.
Where do you see this program five years down the road?
We are developing new degree programs in sports journalism and broadcasting, film production, and interpersonal communication. Here at the University of New Haven, our core mission is to expand experiential learning in all majors. This mission enables students to learn not only through classroom instruction, but also through faculty-mentored research, student internships, and cooperative education, as well as service-learning opportunities and numerous study abroad options.
What better way to learn about how different outlets of media work than by running a radio station? Students majoring in communications have the opportunity to work for WNHU, our official FCC-licensed FM radio station, broadcasting live from campus. WNHU has been named the “Best College Radio Station” in the State of Connecticut for six years in a row! With more than fifty community and student DJs, WNHU offers something for almost every listener. Its programming features a variety of genres, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, salsa, and Celtic music, as well as news that caters to international audiences. WNHU can be heard at 88.7 FM and www.wnhu.net.
Whether students at UNH graduate with a degree in communication or a different degree, they will be sure to leave with a solid foundation. They will be well trained and prepared thanks to that real-world experience that students will not get at any other college or university. Plus, they will have the mentality that life’s possibilities are endless!