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About Communication Studies

We are excited to present you with the information you need to learn more about communication majors and minors. The communication studies department is best known for its relevant and future career-enhancing courses with professors from all around the country and abroad. 

Communication is an active department with 150 majors, 100 minors, eight full-time faculty and 10 instructors.


Who Should Major in Communication Studies? 

Communication studies is a great fit for students who have multiple interests and diverse talents. The major is a great option for students who: 

  • Can empathize with others 
  • Are inquisitive and love to learn 
  • Can see both sides of an argument 
  • Are good listeners 
  • Like to teach and inform others 
  • Want to impact their community 


Areas of Study 

Working with an advisor, students can design their major to be a Communication Generalist or concentrate their studies in one of the following areas: 


Communication and Human Relationships (Interpersonal Communication)

This area focuses on personal relationships and face-to-face interaction. Courses are aligned with careers related to social services, and human development across the life span, from childhood through old age. 


Communication and Organizations (Organizational Communication)

This area examines how organizations function and the ways organizational members make sense of their experiences. Coursework in this area provides a foundation for careers in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, public relations and management. 


Rhetoric and Public Advocacy 

Rhetoric and Public Advocacy focuses on persuasion, debate and the development and analysis of public messages. This area is particularly applicable to careers emphasizing public speaking and persuasion, such as attorneys, speech writers, media relations, specialists, fundraisers and lobbyists. 

Please explore this website to find out if this major is right for you!  Areas of potential interest may be our student organizations, course offerings and becoming familiar with our faculty and staff.

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by mccora16 last modified Jan 27, 2017 12:44 PM

"I really appreciated the student culture in the major. Everyone was very supportive of one another and willing to take the time to share experiences and ideas."


Natalee Kasmiskie '11
Promotions Assistant
Clear Channel Radio


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