Five Great Reasons to Major in Communications/Sports Journalism at Springfield College
|COSJ majors have many career options. A major in communications/sports journalism can prepare students for careers in the communications field in print, television, radio, online communications, publication relations, and convergence journalism. In addition, graduates can enter law school, graduate school, and enter the teaching profession.|
Springfield College’s communications/sports journalism major allows students to gain experience in print, radio, television, and editing and design work for both print and online communications. Students may take anywhere from 3 to 12 credit hours of internships, which, aside from being a great learning experience, often lead to employment opportunities after graduation.
|COSJ majors become familiar with emerging communications technologies. Because of developments in technology, the field of mass communications changes rapidly, and Springfield College students have the opportunity to stay well-informed of these changing technologies and application to their fields. Internships also offer students the chance to stay up-to-date with technological advances.|
|COSJ majors have the advantage of studying a humanities-based curriculum. The communication program at Springfield College is housed in the humanities department, unlike mass communication programs at other colleges.|
A humanities focus provides students with the opportunity to expand their cultural literacy – including international cultural literacy – by taking mass communications theory courses, pre-professional courses, and English literature courses. Editors and employers are especially interested in well-rounded college graduates who not only know how to communicate but who have knowledge of their culture and its history.
|COSJ majors can double-major in English. Communications/sports journalism majors can take advantage of the opportunity to double-major in English, which could lead to a career in teaching. Literary studies and writing remain as the core skills for Springfield College’s COSJ major, and the ability to think critically and to write clearly are skills that are becoming more important in the 21st century.|
|COSJ majors can study and work with communications professionals on the faculty. Faculty members in the Springfield College Communications/Sports Journalism combine academic interests with ongoing work in the mass communications field.|
Associate Professor Marty Dobrow regularly covers sports for the Boston Globe and ESPN Boston. Assistant Professor Jody Santos produces and directs documentaries for a national public television series hosted by Law & Order's Sam Waterston. Associate Professor Dennis Gildea covered news and sports, including at Penn State, for 13 years. He is active in the Sport Literature Association and the North American Society for Sport History. Faculty Instructor Kyle Belanger hosts a popular daily afternoon sports talk show on ESPN Radio, 1450-AM, WHLL, at the Basketball Hall of Fame. He also serves as an active member of the Western Mass. online journalism community. All members of the faculty bring a diverse and wide-range of experiences that benefit students in their pursuit of becoming skilled communication professionals.
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On Campus Media
Springfield College Assistant Professor of Communications Jody Santos recently took her students on a documentary shoot in New York City, where they got to participate in a real-world production. Professor Santos is a producer/director for the public television series "Visionaries," which is hosted by Law & Order's Sam Waterson.
At right, communications/sports journalism senior Ralph Garcea with Sam Waterson.