Communication

The University of Dubuque Communication major reflects a commitment to the University's Mission through a multi-faceted program of study that begins by developing foundational, theory-based communication understanding. Thus, these competencies prepare students to develop basic critical thinking skills vital to working in emerging 21st century communication technologies.

What You Will Learn

The focused emphasis of Organizational and Public Relations Studies prepares students for careers within organizations (corporate, non-profit, agency, and consultancy) by developing an understanding of how interpersonal, intercultural, and persuasive communication influence organizational communication in everyday and crisis situations.

The focused emphasis of Media Studies prepares students for careers in mass and new media (e.g. broadcasting, journalism, mass communication) by developing an understanding of how interpersonal, intercultural, and persuasive communication impact areas of written communication used throughout print, visual and digital technology, etc.

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque communication student completes their course of study by 1) completing a full-semester internship in their area of interest, and 2) producing a significant project that applies to the student's career choice.  

What Our Students Do

As the University of Dubuque Communication major provides students with both understanding of the field and skill competence, our students serve both the university community and the community at large.  Students provide valuable support to the university through classroom projects, committee assignments, and serving in leadership roles.  The local community is served through student involvement in internships and communication support to area organizations. 

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque communication graduates are prepared for dynamic careers in a wide variety of fields including public relations, integrated marketing, government, health care, and non-profit advocacy. Many of our students go on to graduate programs in business, communication, and psychology/sociology.

News from the Department

Professor Franklin Yartey recently published a journal article; Yartey, F.N.A., & Ha, L. (2013). “Like, share, recommend: Smartphones as a self-broadcast and self-promotion medium of college students.” International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 9, special issue on Mobility and Human Interaction, 20-40. 

Communication - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
ENG 101: Composition & Rhetoric (3)
UDMA 112: Algebra (4) or other Math Course

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
COM 104: Communication Studies & Careers (1)
COM 108: Managing Digital Identities (2)
COM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)
RES 104: Research & Writing (3)
BIO 110: Human Biology and Lab (4) or ther Science Lab Course


Year Two

Fall Semester
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course
COM 250: Mass Media (3)
COM 320: Intercultural Communication (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
UDIN 115: World Geography (3) or other Global Awareness Course
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or Other Aesthetics B Course
COM Elective (3)
CCS 101/UDLS 111: Cross-Cultural Studies (1)/Elementary Spanish (3) or other Global Awareness Course
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)


Year Three

Fall Semester
COM: Electives(s) (3-6)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
COM 354: Worldview Seminar III (3)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)


Year Four

Fall Semester
COM 495: Communication Senior Seminar (3)
COM: Elective(s) (3-6)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
COM: Elective(s) (3-6)
COM 485: Internship and/or COM Elective(s) (3-6)
General Elective or Course for minor/second major (3-6)

Jenn Supple Bartels
Jenn Supple Bartels
Communication Department Head, Director of Basic Communication Course

BFA, Drake University; Theatre Performance & Costume Design
MA, University of Northern Iowa; Communication Education & Performance Studies

Office Phone: 563.589.3411
E-mail: jsupple@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 312 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416


Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
Adjunct Professor

MA - Public Communications, American University BA - Political Science/Communication Studies, University of Iowa

E-mail: CBonifas@dbq.edu 

Dishon Deering
Dishon Deering
Adjunct Professor in Communication
Bridge Lab Coordinator
Volunteer Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach

MA, Communications
BA, Criminal Justice

Office Phone: 563.589.3554
E-mail: ddeering@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 205 Charles C. Myers Library
Biography - Click Here

Deering was a four-year letterwinner for the University of Dubuque in men's tennis and filled in for Head Coach Claudio Giraldi (military obligations) in the fall of 2015.

Under Deering's watch, the women's tennis team place seventh in the Iowa Conference and saw two players, sophomore Arantxa Martinez and freshman Marissa Joers, earn All-IIAC singles and doubles recognition, respectively. Martinez placed runner-up in IIAC Flight A Singles Championship and Joers won Flight C Singles Championship.

He was Academic All-Iowa Conference for three years and graduated cum laude in criminal justice in 2014 with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and was active in community service while at UD. He was a member of the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at UD and was selected to be part of a regional SAAC Leadership Workshop.

Deering was a varsity student-athlete who competed in every singles position, one through six, throughout his career as a Spartan. He is a native of Winter Springs, Fla. where he was a three-year letterwinner at Winter Springs High School and was a district runner-up.

 



Michelle Grace
Michelle Grace
Assistant Professor of Communication


Office Phone: 563.589.3204
E-mail: mgrace@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 313 Van Vliet

John Haman
John Haman
Assistant Professor


E-mail: jhaman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Van Vliet

Jennifer Hogue
Jennifer Hogue
Adjunct Professor of Communication


E-mail: jhogue@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Van Vliet Hall

Jenny Johnson
Jenny Johnson
Adjunct Professor of Communication

MAC, University of Dubuque
BS, Loras College

E-mail: jajohnson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 312 Van Vliet Hall

Sue Ann Marino
Sue Ann Marino
Professional Writing Consultant and Adjunct Communication Faculty

MA, DePaul University
BA, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3641
E-mail: smarino@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 217 Charles C. Myers Library
Fax: 563.589.3722

Michelle Markham
Michelle Markham
Adjunct Professor of Communication


E-mail: mmarkham@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Van Vliet

F. Chip  Murray
F. Chip  Murray
Adjunct Professor of Communication


E-mail: fmurray@dbq.edu 

Lynn Roth
Lynn Roth
Adjunct Professor of Communication


E-mail: lroth@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Van Vliet Hall

Amy Schauer
Amy Schauer
Adjunct Professor

MAC,
BS,

E-mail: aschauer@dbq.edu 

Kimberly Schwartz
Kimberly Schwartz
Assistant Professor of Communication and Internship Coordinator

PhD Candidate ABD, University of Nebraska
MA, University of Dubuque
BA, Wartburg College

Office Phone: 563.589.3784
E-mail: kschwart@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 310 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Franklin Yartey
Franklin Yartey
Associate Professor of Communication

PhD, Bowling Green State University
MA, Indiana State University
BA, Northwestern College

Office Phone: 563.589.3181
E-mail: fyartey@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 311 Van Vliet
Fax: 563.589.589-3416

Careers in Communication

The most common question communication majors are asked is “What do you do with a communication degree?” Our students often respond, “Name one field in which being a less effective communicator is a good thing.” In support, we and they can point to numerous studies showing most employers rank communication skills first in what they look for when making a hiring decision.

BA Opportunities

A bachelor’s degree in communication provides students with the skills they need to thrive in a variety of professional settings, such as for-profit business, non-profit advocacy, higher education, political campaigns, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Their positions within these settings are equally varied, including social media specialists, event planners, public relations advisors, grant writers, development directors, community coordinators, campaign managers, broadcasters, attorneys, and educators.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Students graduating with a communication degree from the University of Dubuque are prepared not only to enter the workforce directly, but also to continue their education in graduate-level study. The University of Dubuque offers a masters of arts in communication. This program focuses on the interpersonal and organizational communication skills needed to lead in a global professional environment. Graduates hold executive positions within a variety of organizations, while others have pursued teaching at institutions of higher education. Both graduate and undergraduate students have expanded the usual boundaries of the University of Dubuque major as a result of the program.

Successful Outcomes

Courtney (Neenan) Schultz - 250x250 px
Courtney (Neenan) Schultz,  BA
Communication '13

Throughout my coursework as a communication major at the University of Dubuque, one of the most invaluable lessons I learned was how to be an effective public speaker with all types of people. UD taught me to be comfortable communicating on a personal level during one-on-one conversations as well as in large group settings. My communication coursework in mass media and public relations also prepared me for creating professional website and social media content. All of these lessons have prepared me for my job as a Career Coach at Northeast Iowa Community College.