The Print Media emphasis of the communication program prepares students for a career in any aspect of the writing, publishing, and distribution of written work. Students in this program take classes such as Promotional & Advertising Writing
, Poetry Writing
, and Editing
. Dr. Simons, head of the Department of Communication and professor of many of the classes in this emphasis, pushes his students to read as much as possible on as broad a range as possible. As he said,
"Avid readers make good writers. A student must become involved in current events and dedicate himself to be knowledgeable in all fields."
Dr. Simons pleads with his classes not to follow the model of their generation: over-privileged, under-informed, and non-participatory in a government that relies on the participation of its citizens. One of the students in Dr. Simons' journalism class feels the pressure to become more involved in her world. She states:
"He's always saying that one of the biggest problems with students today is that they no longer see a need for knowledge. He urges us to be informed so that we can be active in our world."
Professors like Dr. Simons are what make the Department of Communication challenging and engaging for its students.Back to the Department of Communication's Main Page.
Interview and write-up by Kelly Lynae Robinson