Website highlights department as contributor to collaborative research
By Anne Keen, Emily Marosi, and Siobhan Cooney
The Rollins communication program has earned the 25th spot on Learn.org’s list of the best 50 communication degrees in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Learn.org analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education about graduation rates, student retention, honors, mentoring programs, and internships.
According to the website, which specializes in researching, analyzing, and ranking schools and degrees, Rollins provides students the opportunity to explore different areas of communication combined with faculty mentorship and hands-on learning.
It all begins in the classroom, with experienced faculty and a course selection that offers students both theoretical content and hands-on application. Learn.org states that students at Rollins’ communication program “work with faculty members on research projects that are published in scholarly journals or presented at conferences around the world.”
“The Rollins communication department grew me into a well-rounded communicator,” said Tatiana Ramirez (‘20), a Rollins communication major. “My professors are my mentors and the skills I learned from them are an essential part of my professional success. The communication department taught me how to communicate effectively both in my professional and personal life.”
The communication faculty is made up of nine professors with backgrounds in public relations, health communication, and organizational leadership. Students choose to specialize in one of these three areas while taking core classes to build a strong communication foundation.
Learn.org also reported that Rollins uses what it calls the Rollins Gateway to provide a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to its programs. This allows students the opportunity to work with faculty on collaborative research projects, which are often published in scholarly journals or presented at conferences around the world.
In her testimony cited by Rollins.edu, Kara Russell (’15), now a senior manager within the W2O Group, said, “Being on the front lines of major brands’ communication strategies means being both an artist and a scientist—especially in health-care PR. My Rollins communication education prepared me to be both and taught me skills that transcend industry and allow me to strengthen the universal desire for connection.”
For more information about the Rollins communications program, visit https://www.rollins.edu/communication/.