CRC Symposium at Methodist University

Applied Communication & Leadership

Degree Type:
Bachelor’s Degree, Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus

Effective communication is a necessary part of everything you do at home, play, and work. Your ability is dependent on a particular skill set and various competencies that fit the demands of the situation along with organizational abilities, time-management skills, critical thinking, and the ability to make good decisions; being an effective communicator is central to these important activities. Within Applied Communication there are several distinct, disciplines such as technology, critical, health, intercultural, interpersonal-small group, mass communications, organizational, political, rhetorical, and environmental communication. Other programs and courses include journalism, film criticism, theater, public relations, political science, radio, television, film production and computer-mediated communication.

Common Career Paths

Students with a degree in Applied Communication find employment in areas such as:

  • Community Relations Director
  • Corporate Communication Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Health Services Coordinator
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Information Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Publication Editor

Common Salary Ranges

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with Applied Communication degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Medical and Health Services Managers: $119,840
  • Information Analyst: $104,840
  • Editor: $76,400

Average Tuition Cost

Tuition varies, depending on the type of  program in which a student is enrolled. On average, 97% of MU students qualify for financial aid to meet tuition and other educational expenses.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Methodist University offers more than $24 million annually to students in scholarships, with 97% of students receiving some form of financial aid amounting to $31,000 in aid on average for a residential student. If a student or a family member is in the military or a veteran, they may qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Minor Requirements

The Applied Communication and Leadership minor consists of 18 credit hours with at least 9 credit hours with the ACL designator.

NOTE: With approval of the ACL Program Director comparable or substitute courses may be used to fulfill major and minor requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Communication.

NOTE: It is not possible to complete a double major in Applied Communication with a concentration and Leadership Communication; therefore, elective courses in one concentration for the Applied Communication Bachelor of Science degree and the online Leadership Communication minor may not be used to meet the requirements for another Applied Communication concentration or minor

Interested in Methodist University’s Applied Communication program?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Effective communication is a necessary part of everything you do at home, play, and work. Your ability is dependent on a particular skill set and various competencies that fit the demands of the situation along with organizational abilities, time-management skills, critical thinking, and the ability to make good decisions; being an effective communicator is central to these important activities. Within Applied Communication there are several distinct, disciplines such as technology, critical, health, intercultural, interpersonal-small group, mass communications, organizational, political, rhetorical, and environmental communication. Other programs and courses include journalism, film criticism, theater, public relations, political science, radio, television, film production and computer-mediated communication.

Students with a degree in Applied Communication find employment in areas such as:

  • Community Relations Director
  • Corporate Communication Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Health Services Coordinator
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Information Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Publication Editor

Mission

Faculty in Applied Communication and Leadership Program educate, equip, and enrich future leaders for success in careers in public affairs, organizational communication and leadership, and health care through theory and practice of effective communication and leadership behaviors.

Goals

  1. Students will understand the nature and dynamics of communication for effective careers in a variety of fields in public affairs, organizations, health care, and leadership communication.
  2. Students will learn the importance of open, honest, and ethical communication.
  3. Students will be proficient in the preparation, research, organization, and delivery of public speeches and presentations.
  4. Students will be proficient in demonstrating effective listening skills.
  5. Students will understand and demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and leadership skills needed in the initiation, development, and maintenance of relationships at play, home, and work.

Contact

Anicca Cox, Ph.D.

Head, Communication, Composition & Rhetoric Division; Assistant Professor of English
Anicca Cox