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Interdisciplinary Studies, Professional Writing Concentration (B.S.)

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Degree Level: Undergraduate
College: Arts & Letters
Major : Interdisciplinary Studies
Department: Communication & Theatre Arts
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science

Interdisciplinary Studies, Professional Writing Concentration (B.S.)

Explanation

Management professionals throughout the country state that the number one need for organizations in the twenty-first century will be professionals with communication skills. Organizations ranging from engineering and technical operations, to human services are looking for people who can communicate effectively. Old Dominion University designed its Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Professional Communication to meet this need by preparing individuals to excel in any professional business environment.

The degree was also designed to meet the needs of various populations, including traditional and non-traditional students, and individuals working in positions of influence who are interested in expanding their repertoire of skills. Offered through ODU's Distance Learning, in partnership with community colleges throughout Virginia, the program offers a unique learning experience and is especially sensitive to the needs and experiences of adult learners. With televised and video-streamed classes delivered in the evening and on weekends, the program offers its students in even the most remote locations an opportunity to earn a degree while working.

The Professional Communication degree will develop skill in three primary areas:

  • Interpersonal and Organization Communication, including the examination of small group processes and functions, and team building;
  • Professional Writing, promoting compositional skills, and scientific and managerial writing
  • Marketing, Management and Public Relations, providing a basic understanding and skill level within these three disciplines

Recognizing the evolving multicultural workforce and strength of organizations that support diversity, the Professional Communication major also offers coursework in Intercultural Communication and Communication Between the Sexes.


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History Club, Phi Alpha Theta- History honor society

The History Department's Practicum program is a component of Old Dominion University's Career Advantage Program which guarantees any student practical work experience related to their major. History majors with junior or senior standing can participate in an internship which is tailored to an individual's interest and skills. Our students have been historical interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg and the National Park Service's Colonial National Historical Park. They have helped to create exhibits at the MacArthur Memorial Museum, Mariner's Museum, and the War Memorial Museum of Virginia. They have researched the architectural and historic significance of local landscapes for Virginia's Department of Historic Resources. Participants must be highly motivated! Students are expected to work 8­ to 15 hours a week for a semester and will earn 3 credits towards their major.

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Careers

History majors find work in a variety of fields. History teaches critical thinking, communication, and research skills that are valued by many employers. History majors often pursue careers in government, business, libraries, museums, archives, publishing, historic preservation, industry, journalism, and public relations. Our majors also make exceptional teachers. History is an excellent undergraduate major for anyone thinking of law school or pursuing graduate work in history.

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