Students who complete the BA in Communication Studies come to understand the nature and use of language, symbolic processes, meaning and communication. They learn about these topics in interpersonal, group, public, organizational, multicultural, national, international and mediated contexts. Internships and service learning provide opportunities to apply both theoretical and practical knowledge. Majors commonly enter career paths in education, sales, marketing and public relations, human resource development, law, politics, or community service agencies.
The department offers three minors: the general Communication Studies Minor, the Communication in the Information Age Minor, and the Legal Studies Minor. Each minor offers courses that help prepare students for communicating in the 21st century and complements a wide range of majors.
The MA in Communication Studies provides advanced study of communication theories, principles, and practices. Advanced study in speech communication is useful and recognized for both personal and professional development. For some, the MA enhances successful matriculation into doctoral programs in Speech, Communication, or related fields. The MA also prepares professionals to teach in community colleges. Our MA curriculum includes course work with career value for managers and administrators in communication-related professions, especially for professional contexts in a globalizing, intercultural world.