COMMUNICATION

Intern programs are transitions between school and work. The programs provide students with academic credit while pursuing on-the-job experiences. Internship assignments are available throughout California as well as in Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York.

Communication Activities

Communication houses a number of student-operated programs, including The Orion (a weekly student newspaper), the nationally recognized Speech and Debate Team, Tehama Group Communications (a student-managed public relations agency), Milk Crate Productions (student video production company), and numerous student clubs and organizations. In addition, faculty and student research is facilitated by the Center for Instructional Technology Research.

Career Outlook

The field of communication is dynamic and expanding. It is energized by the continual and rapid development of digital communication and the growing industrial, business, government, and personal use of these technologies.

The BA in Communication Design provides opportunities for positions in media design, production, and network systems. Graphic designers are in demand for advertising, commercial art, and corporate communication agencies. Information and communication systems specialists have opportunities in many industries and government agencies in network design, management, and operations. Internet communication specialists have opportunities in many industries and government agencies in network design, management, multimedia, and web design. Graduates in the Media Arts Option work in television and radio broadcasting or in independent production companies and corporate media departments creating video and audio programs.

Graduates of the BS and MS in Instructional Design and Technology find careers in government, industry, and military organizations in the field of human performance technology and training development. As designers and developers of training materials and systems they apply communication technology to E-learning and other distance formats, interactive multimedia, computer based instruction, as well as traditional media for education and training.

The BA and MA in Communication Studies offer humanistic and social science approaches leading to a wide range of employment options, including sales, education, research, management, consulting, and human services.

With a BA in Journalism, public relations option graduates work in corporate, travel, entertainment, government, and non-profit settings. News-editorial option graduates work with organizations such as newspapers, magazines, and new technology businesses.