Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Communication

One of the most widely sought skills in organizations today is the ability to communicate effectively. Research reveals that a mastery of critical reasoning, organization and public speaking contributes to successful job performance. We offer majors that recognize communication as the basis for interactions among all human beings. With a degree in communications you’ll develop skills focused in the following areas:


•   Problem-solving

•   Organizational strategy

•   Listening

•   Rhetorical sensitivity

•   Public speaking


More than ever, oral communication and writing skills are being emphasized in all career paths.

Major Tracks


Organizational Communication Track

We blend the traditional disciplines of business and speech communication to meet contemporary workforce needs. Four areas of emphasis are offered:


•   Human Resources

•   Management

•   Marketing and Sales

•   Professional Communication

2013-2014 Program Catalog    

4-Year Plan


Speech Communication Track

Choose this track if you enjoy the challenge of communicating effectively with people. The main area of emphasis is public relations.

2013-2014 Program Catalog
    

4-Year Plan - General Track     

4-Year Plan - Public Relations Emphasis    


Program Highlights

Scholarly Opportunities

Communication students can apply the skills they learn in the classroom to conduct interviews and write for the University’s student newspaper, The McKendree Review, or contribute to the campus literary magazine, The Montage.

Speech & Debate (Joe Blasdel, Coach)

McKendree’s nationally-ranked Speech and Debate teams provide communication majors with the unique opportunity to develop their argumentative abilities and compete with other skilled undergraduate debaters. 

Local Internships

Communications students’ experience in the classroom is also broadened by an internship program that is designed to give on-the-job training. Our students have interned with number of local companies and organizations, including Alive Magazine, American Red Cross, Anderson Hospital, Chan Corporation, Clear Channel Radio, Infinity Broadcasting, Regions Bank, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Rams, and Wells Fargo.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the national speech communication honorary society. The name represents the three modes of persuasion: logic, emotion and character credibility.


Employment


Some of the companies that our recent graduates are working for include: Business Networking International, DITCO, Scott Air Force Base, Edward Jones, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Morgan Keegan & Co., Fleishman-Hillard, Nestle Purina, Region’s Bank, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, United States Department of Agriculture, and Wells Fargo Financial.


Meet the Faculty

Betsy GordonDr. Betsy Gordon

Professor of Speech Communication
Carnegie Hall 114
(618) 537-6889
begordon@mckendree.edu>

Jim PetreDr. James Petre

Assistant Professor of Speech Communication
Carnegie Hall 212
(618) 537-6895
jtpetre@mckendree.edu