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Communications


Dr. Kimberly Davis
Department Chair
Office: (904) 470-8180

The Department of Communications at Edward Waters College offers a unique undergraduate program that leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Communications and allows students to choose from four areas of concentration:

  • Digital Media Production (Radio/TV/Film)
  • Journalism
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Communication Studies

All Communications students will gain an invaluable experience in news journalism, radio and television production, speech and language arts, film studies, public relations, advertising, and marketing. The program’s curriculum prepares students to become professional communicators and artisans from an academic, business, executive, and management perspective with emphasis on writing, speech, reporting, production, and editing within a multimedia convergence arena.

Academic Resources

In order to be admitted into the Communications Program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours of General Education courses
  • Earn a C or higher in the following General Education courses:
    • ENC 1101 English Composition I: Introduction to Academic Writing
    • ENC 1102 English Composition II: Academic Writing and Research
    • COM 2000 Introduction to Communications
  • Be in good standing with the College (i.e. not on academic or conduct probation, etc).

Careers for Communications Majors

Communications is recognized as an extraordinarily diverse and flexible field of study. A Communications degree can support careers in everything from advertising to the arts. Media and Communications jobs are projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028. This projected growth is about as fast as the average for all occupations and will lead to approximately 27,600 new jobs. The median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $57,530 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640. Demand for media and communications jobs is expected to be based in the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms.  For more information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/home.htm).

Department Highlights

The students in the Communications Department have found new and inventive ways of learning their craft by serving Edwards Waters College in a media capacity. Students have engaged in various public relations, journalism, theater, video, film, photography, and advertising projects.

Our students write and produce radio and television and have the opportunity to be on the air via the WEWC radio station. EWC’s Communications program is distinctive because it offers hands-on experience taught by faculty who have industry experience. Communications students will also be able to cover community and campus events.

Students in the Department of Communications have secured internships with organizations, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cox Media, Action New Jax, as well as Congressman Al Lawson’s Jacksonville Office.

Visit the Department of Communications website at ewcmasscomm.info for more information.

Media Projects Spotlight

Check out two of the recent media projects produced by our faculty and recent graduates. 

ONE BINGE 

ONE BINGE (https://youtu.be/ZiHASnNgkt0) is a story about a young woman whose choice to binge drink leads to unfortunate consequences.  Dan Henrich (Director and Cinematographer); Alvenia Derban (Scriptwriting and Casting); and Christine Henrich (Executive Producer). On November 30, 2018, ONE BINGE was selected to be part of the African Smartphone International Film Festival. In 2019, ONE BINGE was also selected to be part of the Lift-Off Sessions film festival.

THE JOURNEY OF US

A Documentary of Slave Narratives

Edward Waters College alumnae, Markeishya Freeman (EWC Mass Communications graduate, Spring 2017; M.F.A. in Film Production) in collaboration with Alvenia Derban (Communications Department Instructor) produced the documentary.  The Journey of Us (https://youtu.be/kpf8MEOlVY8) was filmed on Saturday, January 26, 2019, and featured faculty, current students and EWC Alumni on film reading excerpts from Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember an oral history edited by James Mellon. The aspiration was to expose an audience to the experiences of America’s ancestors and artisans of our nation and the inspirations of our historically Black Colleges and Universities. The intention was to keep the words of our ancestors alive.

Program Goals

Students who graduate from the EWC Communication’s program will:

  • Receive hands-on experience in learning how to work with different cameras, the art of storytelling and creating their own reels.
  • Utilize resources to create projects which represent their passions both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Learn how to enhance their technical, conceptual, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Create and develop a stellar digital portfolio which highlights their matriculation through the program to future employers.