The major offers students an opportunity to develop excellent communication skills and a thorough knowledge of the
theory of human communication. As a communication studies major, you will take a variety of courses in which you
will develop skills in public speaking, interpersonal communication and group communication. Good communication
skills are highly desirable skills and will help anyone attain better personal, academic and professional success.
Employers in business, government and education identify excellent communication skills as the most important quality they desire in hiring employees. The communication studies major is designed to help you develop exceptional skills in all aspects of communication, with particular emphasis on oral performance. Our majors find careers in many different fields, including business, government, education, law and religion. Our alumni include lawyers, members of the clergy, communication consultants, managers and government officials.
What career opportunities may come with a communication degree?
Communication and Health Care:
Health Educator, School Health Care Administrator,Medical Grants Writer, Hospital Director of Communication, Clinic Public Relations Director, Health Communication Analyst, Research Analyst, Medical Training Supervisor, Health Personnel Educator, Medical Center Publications Editor, Hospice Manager, Heath Care Counselor, Activities Director, Marketing Director
Public Defender, Corporate Lawyer, District Attorney, Private Practice Lawyer, Legal Researcher, Mediation & Negotiation Specialist, Legal Secretary, Legal Reporter, Legal Educator
Manager, Personnel Recruiter, Vice-president Human Resources, Trainer, Director of Training and Development, Admissions Counselor, Benefits Administrator, Sales Representative, Executive Manager, Public Information Officer, Industrial and Labor Relations, Negotiator, Customer Service Representative, Newsletter Editor, Human Resources Manager, Mediator, Buyer
Public Information Office Writer, Legislative Assistant, Campaign Director, Research Specialist, Program Coordinator, Elected Official
Social and Human Services:
Public Administrator, Social Worker, Recreation Supervisor, Human Rights Office, Community Affairs Liaison, Park Service Public Relations Specialist, Religious Leader, Mental Counselor
Students interested in public speaking can join our nationally ranked debate and forensics program. The debate team was created over 75 years ago and is one of the most storied programs in the nation. No previous experience is necessary. Students interested in competitive and creative speaking should visit with coaches from the forensics team. Both teams travel to local, regional, and national tournaments. Some scholarships are available to debate and forensics students.
Visit the department's Public Speaking Resource Center for COM 1010 assistance.
For course descriptions or a sample plan of work, see page 15 of the department's undergraduate handbook.