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The Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Siena Heights University is designed for the student interested in developing written, oral and visual communication skills for journalism, business or graduate study. Housed in the English Department, a Communications degree from SHU is grounded in the idea that communication, like literature, is an art form.

FAST FACT – To earn a degree in Communications, students must plan and create a senior project under the guidance of our English faculty. These projects require students to pursue their own research and writing agenda, which prepares them for professional work or graduate-level study.

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Learn more about the Communications program.

A Communications degree is based on the idea that communication is a fundamental part of human experience. From simple gestures to great novels, from soaring speeches to product packages, the human experience is characterized by the desire to interpret, connect, and communicate.

While many students choose to focus on developing skills for careers in journalism, public relations, publication design, professional writing, or teaching, Communications majors learn to think outside the box about what it means to communicate. As an integral part of the human experience, students are encouraged to see communication as an intentional act and to take responsibility for what they say, write or create.

To expand their study of communications, students take courses in mass media, visual culture and electronic literature. Communication students are also strongly encouraged to write, edit, design and manage Siena’s student newspaper, Spectra, for course credit and hands-on experience.

Areas of Interest

Beyond a general degree in Communications, students may choose to focus on several areas of interest: Art and Digital Design, Enterprise and Commerce, or Religion and Communication.

Learn more about the Communications faculty.

Mesaros-Winckles, Christy

Mesaros-Winckles, Christy

Assistant Professor of Communications517-264-7669

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree Communications.

A BA degree in Communications from Siena Heights University prepares students for the following fields: 

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Law School
  • Advertising
  • Radio/Film/Television
  • Digital Media Layout
  • Design Editing
  • Graduate Study in English, Communications or Cultural Studies

Learn more about clubs and organizations associated with the Communications program.

Sigma Tau Delta is Siena Heights University’s English Honors Society and is open to English majors in Literature, Creative Writing and Communications.  The club exists to prepare students for professional life and advanced study, while cultivating leadership skills and raising awareness of English studies on campus.

Spectra is Siena Heights University’s student newspaper.  Written, designed, edited and managed by Siena students, the paper provides service Siena’s student body while giving newspaper staff valuable opportunities to develop the skills that can be used in a wide range of professional fields, from business to journalism, from graphic design to photography. To view the online version of the magazine, visit

Eclipse is Siena Heights University’s student-run literary and arts magazine.  Students write manuscripts, solicit submissions, raise funds, edit, design and publish Eclipse bi-annually. 

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Faculty & Staff

Karin Barbee

Karin Barbee

Assistant Professor of English/Writing Center Coordinator


Hillary Day Harrington '10

Hillary Day Harrington '10

English graduate; Lawyer
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