Communication Studies as a discipline explores human communication of many sorts—interpersonal,
group, organizational, public, and electronically mediated—and considers a variety
of contexts in which communication occurs such as co-worker relationships, cultural
clashes, and political campaigns. The discipline uses rhetorical, critical, and
social scientific methods to probe these areas of communication.
Communication Studies also instills in students strong communication skills, including
but not limited to
Communication Studies is a strong liberal arts major that opens the door to a wide
array of careers. Communication Studies majors pursue careers in areas such as public
relations, marketing, human resources, corporate training, and event management.
They also pursue careers in many aspects of media, such as journalism, publication,
and broadcasting. The program is also designed to prepare you for graduate work
in communication and can help you prepare for other graduate programs, such as law
school, public administration, or student services. Combine it with another major
and our program provides you with marketable communication skills for just about
The major consists of
The major is designed to be flexible and we provide you with lots of options! As
a major, you can focus more on rhetoric, interpersonal communication, or media based
on your interests and career goals - although you do need to take some courses in
each area. You can give the major a more applied dimension through your course selections
and by pursuing an internship in lieu of an advanced communication course. Begin
work in the major with the communication skills core as you decide on your interests
within the major.
Consider combining communication studies with another major of your interest. By
adding a Communication Studies major to a more traditional one, you can create an
academic profile highly attractive to prospective employers. Cognate courses can
easily be found in political science, psychology, business/economics, and sociology/anthropology.
Or you can add a Communication Studies
There are a lot of ways to find out more about the major!
1. Contact our Department Chair, Ted Sheckels
2. Use the navigation on your left to further explore this course of study.
3. Consider registering for COMM 201 Intro to Communication!