Andrea Short on Why Communication Matters

In an interview with Corporate Communication Major Andrea Short, she discusses the importance of communication as well as her own experiences in the field and how the message of communication comes across in today’s society.

Check it out and don’t forget to follow @ducommstars on Twitter with the hashtag #whycommunication

Gabriella Socco

Undecided Major? Let’s Talk Communication!

Going to college is a huge step to the next part of life. Why? Basically because you are about to pick a major or minor that could determine the rest of your life. That’s a scary feeling knowing that after college you will be on the hunt to find a job, and sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is not, but with the right education you can be well on your way to the job of your dreams. Which brings to me to why you should look into being a Communication Major or Minor.

Communication is probably one of the most coolest majors. There is so much you can do and learn while studying this subject. According to Dominican’s website, there are 14 different areas of Communication you can focus on.


To me that sounds really broad and it is! You can be the next big TV Broadcaster or the company’s best marketing employee. You can accomplish anything by going into Journalism, TV, Radio, Marketing, Advertising, Human Resources, Public Speaking, Research, and More!

According to Best Degree Programs, Communication is listed as one of the top 10 majors for indecisive students. It says, “If you are not sure exactly what you want to do with your life, but know you have an above-average knack for communicating ideas or organizing information, a communications degree can turn this natural ability into a very marketable resume. These skills are in constant demand from a variety of industries.”

The other cool thing about going into communication is the classes you’ll take! Being a communication major myself, I simply love the classes and learning what each class has to offer. If you have never taken an interpersonal communication class you should, because you learn all about communication and people. I love learning about people and how communication works between people and on a global level. It’s an essential skill I believe that everyone should learn about. No matter the job, you need communication, and the skills that come along with it because, let’s face it, you are around people every day. And especially in the work force, it will be extremely important to carry these skills, which brings me to the next reason of why you should look into communication.

According to Fort Hays State University, “According to research conducted by NACE (2011), the most important skill and quality a college graduate can have is effective communication. Today, in order to be an efficient employee, graduates must have more than job-specific skills.” Indeed, this is true! Going off of what I previously said, no matter the job, you need communication. This is why if you choose not to major in communication, you can minor in it!

If you’re a nurse and you’re talking with doctors, patients, and other nurses, don’t you think you should know how to communicate properly? If you own a business, whether it be a big corporation or a restaurant, don’t you think you should also properly communicate with staff, employees, clients? I think yes for both. Communication is all around you, and it is super important to have the skill set while working in any field.

In conclusion, if you are an undecided major, I highly advise to checkout the Corporate Communication major here at Dominican or even look into minoring it. No matter the major, you will have an extra set of commutation skills to accomplish anything and be the best employee, CEO, or whatever you choose. If you are interested in the media and public discourse, then there is the Rhetoric and Communication degree that could help you. If you want to effect a change in the world around, then the Journalism degree is for you.

For more information on this major contact John Jenks, Department Chair, at (708) 524-6932 or at Don’t forget to follow @ducommstars and #whycommunication

Gabriella Socco

Dr. John Jenks on Why Communication Matters

In an interview with Dominican’s very own John Jenks, Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, he talked about the importance of communication and essentially from a journalists perspective, what communication means as well as talking about communication around the world and in different languages.

Don’t forget to check out the Communication department Twitter page: @ducommstars or And be sure to follow #whycommunication for more ideas, information, and insight into this major.

What To Do with a Communication Major

Every time I go to a family party or hang out with friends, and we talk about our majors, everyone always asks me: what does a communication major do or what will you do with a degree in communication?

The answer is simple: it is a broad major and you can do basically anything with it in a wide range of areas. For example, to Dominican University’s website:

A corporate communications major will learn and be trained to use the communication skills relating to the “people side” of business. Majors will be trained not only in the communication skills related to formal presentational speaking and business writing, but also in the full range of interpersonal and group skills critical in corporate life.

When it comes to communication and what you can do with a communication major, these key words basically sum it all up: the people side of business and using the skills of communication. Basically, in your jobs, at home, in relationships, at a restaurant, and more, you use communication everyday and experience the people side of things like emotions, body language, dialogue, and so on.

Now if you take these examples and focus them as a major to learn the skills of communication and go in depth into those skills, you can accomplish so much in a professional world. On the same website (and also from Dominican’s Department of Communication Arts and Sciences’ website) there is a section where it tells you what Dominican prepares their students for in this major:

  • Journalism
  • New media
  • Corporate communication
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Government relations
  • Television and radio
  • Print and publication management
  • Publicity
  • Telecommunications
  • Human Resources
  • Education
  • Media analysis
  • Research

These are all the things you can do with a communication major. Out of this whole list, based on my own experience and what I have seen a lot in school, the most popular areas are journalism, public relations, advertising, television and radio, and publicity.

What you can do with these? Well, there are two options: you can go into the corporate side or the entertainment side. Both are similar, but by the title of each you can get why they would differ. In the corporate side of things you can do any of these areas for health, law, or business firms, small or big companies, town newspapers or national magazines and big time entertainment companies like CBS, NBC, Disney. The entertainment side of things is involves producing the media, the stories and images that surround us, from newspapers and television to video games and the Internet, or helping those who do such production.

Overall, with a communication major, you can write stories, you can be a broadcaster, write press releases, be a producer, advertise commercials, create ads for companies, work in a human resources department, and so much more. Whichever route you choose to take, the skills of communication that you learn throughout your college career fully benefit either side. According to The Communications Blog:

That’s the beauty of a career in communications. Unlike many other industries, you have choice and a variety of focuses in which you can stretch your legs and develop your talents.

Now that I have told you mainly what you can do with a communication major, I want to encourage you and younger students coming into to college to be a communication major; if not a major, then at least a minor. At the end of the day these skills are so helpful and purposeful in your everyday lives, whether it’s personal or in a business setting. You will be more knowledgeable with what to do in a variety of situations simply because you will know how to communicate with people. In the end, such skills will benefit your relationships in society and with others.

By knowing these skills you will become successful in all aspects of your life.

Gabriella Socco, Class of 2016


Why Communication?

Gabriella Blog Post OneHi. My name is Gabriella Socco and I am a Corporate Communication major here at Dominican. Ever since I was younger I have always wanted to be in the entertainment industry, whether it was to be a singer, actress, host, or basically all of those options. Throughout high school I didn’t want to go to college because I just wanted to make it on my own and find my own way getting into the industry, but with the help of a teacher at school, he advised me to go to college and go into a communication major.

Now, a few years later, here I am going into my last year of college about to graduate with a degree in communication. I also have achieved my goals working at the Walt Disney Company and CBS, where I am currently. I am a communication major because communication is a very broad area and it has everything to do with the field I want to go in, which is again, entertainment. You can accomplish and do anything you want really with a communication degree or even narrow it down to a specific area in communication. Areas of communication range from journalism, television and radio, public relations, human resources, marketing, and more. It truly is a very wide ranging major, and it is perfect for anyone trying to succeed in any of these areas.

I felt like coming into college I already knew about entertainment because I was so passionate about it, but over the course of my college career, taking classes in communication really broadened what I already knew and I even learned more about the people side and the business aspect of it all. Communication is an important thing to study regardless of your major because it revolves around our everyday lives. Whether at school, work, out with friends, at a restaurant, or even on your phone, communication exists everywhere.

Majors like nursing, science, and computer science all require communication. When you are in the hospital you are communicating with patients, co-workers, and doctors. In a lab you are talking with colleagues and communicating your study’s results based on scientific evidence. Computer science uses both coding and oral communication with one another to achieve a specific website or social media post. And that’s just three majors!

I also feel like communication is an important field of study not only in the work field, but also in our personal lives. We communicate with friends, family, or boyfriend/girlfriends every day. Interpersonal communication is so important because that’s part of what keeps the relationship going. In some, if not all, of my communication classes we have talked about communication in the everyday life besides a job, and it truly is amazing to see how people communicate and the methods and cycles we use. In that aspect people can learn so much about the human mind and even communication through something as simple as body language — it’s truly an amazing topic.

Overall, I am a communication major because I love people. It has helped me grow and gain knowledge about business, entertainment, and people. I truly advise if you are not a communication major to at least minor in it because like I previously said communication is important and it is everywhere in life. You truly learn amazing things in this field of study.

Gabriella Socco, Class of 2016