Advising helps students clarify their life or career goals and develop educational plans for the realization of those goals.

In addition, advising plays a role in helping students not only graduate, but also graduate in a timely manner. On average, students who enter Keene State College as freshmen, and receive Bachelor’s degrees in communication from Keene State College, graduate in 4.19 years with 124.52 cumulative credits, according to data collected by the college about students who graduated during the 2012-2013 academic year.

The ultimate responsibility for making decisions rests with the student. However, faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy assist in monitoring student progress through the communication major. Prior to declaring the communication major and being assigned a faculty advisor in the department, Keene State College students should seek advising from the Office of Academic & Career Advising in the Elliot Center.

Declaring the Major in Communication
Students may declare the major as early as their first semester at Keene, though some students begin the major as late as their junior year.

Students enrolled in the capstone course of the communication major, COMM 479: Senior Project
Students enrolled in the capstone course for the communication major, COMM 479: Senior Project

For students who do not enter Keene as majors in Communication, a faculty advisor in the Department of Communication and Philosophy will need to sign the Declaration of Major form that formally admits the student to the major. Students may choose an advisor from among the faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy, or ask the Department Chair to assign an advisor.

One-On-One Advising, Group Advising, and Career Workshops
Students should stop by or make an appointment for one-on-one advising with their faculty advisor during office hours, which are posted on the doors to faculty offices in the Media Arts Center and Parker Hall.

Each semester, the Department of Communication and Philosophy also runs a group advising session in the evening for students, even if they have not yet declared the communication major. This group advising session helps students determine course selection prior to the course registration period each semester as well as it provides information about internships, service-learning courses, graduate school, and other careers for students with undergraduate degrees in communication and philosophy.

Additionally, the Office of Academic & Career Advising provides workshops as well as individual appointments for students enrolled in COMM 175: Introduction to Communication Studies, COMM 376: Theory of Communication & Rhetoric, and COMM 479: Senior Project. In the COMM 175: Introduction to Communication Studies course, professional staff come into the classroom to discuss career exploration (i.e. help students answer, “What can I do with a major in communication?”). Students who are further along in their studies and enrolled in courses such as COMM 479: Senior Project are invited to attend career preparation workshops on resume writing, use of social media like Linked In for the job search, applying for jobs, and interviewing skills.

Nicole Anderson (B.A. in Communication, 2013 and Joseph Lotstein (B.A. in Communication, 2013) search in online databases for scholarly sources as part of an assignment in COMM 376: Theory of Communication & Rhetoric
Nicole Anderson ’13 and Joseph Lotstein ’13 search online scholarly databases as part of a research assignment for COMM 376: Theory of Communication & Rhetoric

Students who major in communication are encouraged to minor in another area of study.

Minoring in another area of study is integral to further focusing a student’s life and career goals. Common minors for communication majors at Keene State College include philosophy, management, journalism (broadcast media, print media, multimedia journalism), public relations, film studies, writing, sociology, psychology, and criminal justice studies. This list is not exhaustive so students should consider their goals when choosing a minor.

The Keene State College online catalog includes the complete list of courses in communication and philosophy.

When students select courses to satisfy requirements for the college-wide Integrative Studies Program (ISP), they should consider enrolling in any of the “Top 40 ISP Courses” listed below. These courses were chosen by departmental faculty because they compliment the study of communication and philosophy (and courses with an asterisk are highly recommended):

A Hindu monk from India speaks with students at Keene State College
A Hindu monk spoke to a class of Keene State College students about religion and Indian society

IAART 100: Foundations of Design
*IAART 110: Intro to Art History
*IAFILM 150: Intro to Digital Video Production
IAMU 104: Listening to Music
IAMU 218: The History of Jazz
IATAD 399: All the World’s a Stage

IHENG 251: Literature of the Holocaust
*IHFILM 260: Intro to Film Analysis
IHHGS 232: Intro to Judaism
IHHGS 252: The Holocaust
*IHHGS 355: Religion and Violence
IHHIST 162: American Perspectives from 1877
*IHJRN 101: Media and Society

Communication students participate in a "gallery walk" of culture jams created by their classmates
Communication students designed and displayed their final projects about American consumer culture

ISANTH111: Cultural Anthropology
*ISCS 150: Website Design & Construction
ISECON 104: Intro to Macroeconomics
*ISECON 360: History of Economic Thought
ISGEOG204: The Human Cultural Mosaic
*ISPOSC 210: United States Politics
*ISPOSC 220: Global Politics
ISPOSC 230: Foundations of Political Thought
ISSOC 125: Sociology Now
*ISSOC 310: Social Problems

INASTR 101: Intro to Astronomy
INBIO 104: Lab Biology Topics
INBIO 300: Advanced Topics in Biology
INPHYS 201: Phenomenal Science

Students often work in pairs in a small class setting
Students often work in pairs in a small classroom setting

IIECON 310: Game Theory
IIMATH 310: The Evolution of Mathematics
IIPHYS 210: History of Science
IISOC 199: Social Psychology
IISOSC 310: War, Why We Fight
IITDS 140: Media Literacy, Seeing and Selling
IITDS 150: Technology and Civilization
*IIWGS 101: Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies
IIWGS 210: Abortion
IIWGS 240: Gender and Media
IIWGS 254: Women in the Holocaust

II 321: Opening to Other Ways of Knowing
II 330: Toward a Just and Equitable World

Students can download many forms, including the Declaration of Major form, online from the Office of the Registrar. In addition, program planning sheets for the Communication major can be accessed online from the Office of Academic & Career Advising.

For more information, contact the Department Chair: Dr. Nigel Malcolm