Appalachian State University

Department of Communications

Lauren Bailey
AVID Seminar
October 7th, 2013

What is it?

Appalachian State University is a comprehensive, public, coeducational university located in Boone, North Carolina, United States. Appalachian State was founded as a teacher's college in 1899 by brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty.

Where is it?

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 17,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C.

What Appalachian State has for Me.

Appalachian State University's Department of Communications has a strong internship program so students can acquire the hours necessary for the proper work experience. The rigorous study program with many internship opportunities, all alumni are well prepared for the career that they are going to be presuming.

Communications Requirements

At Appalachian State, upcoming student must have an intended major in order to enroll in the Communications department. Students must have one of the following, dependent on major:

  • Advertising
    Course: COM 4400
    Requirements: TV story board and script; radio script; ad designed in Quark or Pagemaker; creative brief/copy platform/creative strategy; Optional: journalistic article, news release, web page design
  • Communication Studies
    Course: COM 4432
    Requirements: writing sample; computer skills sample; analytical skills sample
    Optional: photography/design samples
  • Electronic Media/Broadcasting
    Course: COM 4315
    Requirements: audio production sample; video production sample; writing sample
  • Journalism
    Course: COM 4610
    Requirements: Samples of work from COM 2600 and COM 2610, COM 3210 or COM 3310, COM 3600, COM 4420 or examples of video, audio, or online reporting, or news beat-related blogging
    Optional: photography/design samples
  • Public Relations
    Course: COM 4418
    Requirements: writing sample; design sample; management skills sample; photography sample

Appalachian State University Department of Communications if located in The College of Fine and Applied Arts. This College also consists of Art, Communications, Military Science and Leadership, Technology, along with Theater and Dance.

The Department I plan on going into is obviously the Department of Communications, with a major in Communications with am emphasis in Radio and Television Broadcasting. It is for this reason that I have chosen my 1st choice of college to be Appalachian State. It is one of the few schools that I was considering that specialized in my career and major.

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