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Communication Studies

Communicate with passion. Advocate with compassion.

The Communication Studies major at Stevenson University offers students an opportunity to examine how communication functions in personal, public, and professional contexts. Students learn to become ethical and responsible producers and critical consumers of messages in response to specific contexts, audiences, and goals, and also learn to think critically about the messages that they consume.

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  • Overview
    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

    Why Study Communication Studies?

    Communication Studies provides opportunities for students to engage in communication inquiry in order to broaden their perspectives and to contribute to the general body of communication knowledge and research. Overall, the undergraduate experience in communication studies equips students for entry into careers that value exemplary communication practices as well as into graduate fields appreciative of the critical and practical nature of a communication program.

    Discover how communication functions in personal, public, and professional settings and become an ethical and responsible producer and critical consumer of messages. Learn to communicate sensitively and competently as a global citizen. Be empowered to challenge assumptions and serve as a change agent and advocate for yourself and for others through the power of public discourse. With a degree in Communication Studies, you can customize your future with the communication skills necessary to lead others.

    Upon completion of the degree in Communication Studies, graduates will be able to:

    • Distinguish the communication discipline from related areas of study.
    • Apply communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts in personal, public, and professional contexts.
    • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context using multiple communication modalities and technologies
    • Critically analyze messages in various communication contexts.
    • Evaluate the ethical elements of communication situations.
    • Utilize communication to embrace difference.
    • Interpret diverse perspectives and advocate with empathy for oneself and others.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Required Courses

    CM 101: Public Speaking (CI) // CM 101H: Honors Public Speaking (CI)
    CM 115: Interpersonal Communication (CI)
    CM 120: Human Communication (CI)
    CM 205: Communication Ethics (CI & HUM)
    CM 211: Intercultural Communication (HUM pending)
    CM 255: Small Group Communication
    CM 2XX: Communication Research and Writing (WI)
    CM 2XX: Media and Society
    CM 2XX: Listening and Communication
    CM 290: Internship Preparation
    CM 300: Advanced Public Speaking
    CM 310: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
    CM 390: Organizational Communication
    CM 3XX: Nonverbal Communication
    CM 3XX: Communication Theory
    CM 401: Internship
    CM 4XX: Persuasion Theory
    CM 4XX: Communicating Identities
    CM 4XX: Communication and Leadership
    CM 490: Communication Studies Capstone (WI)

  • Tracks & Minors

    A minor in communication complements a broad spectrum of majors leading to careers in business, government, health organizations, design, education, social and community services. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the basic nature of communication in organizations, and on the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for effective communication in interpersonal, small group, public, and organizational settings. The minor in communication consists of 18 credits earned in courses with the CM prefix. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Students minoring in communication are eligible to take courses restricted to business communication majors if the prerequisites are met. Courses ineligible for this minor include:

    Students majoring in business communication may not earn a minor in communication. Please see the chair of the communication programs for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Communication Studies or Business Communication

Which program is right for me?

Stevenson’s communication programs offer different focus areas to help students craft their path to their desired interests and potential career. What’s the difference between Communication Studies and Business Communication at Stevenson?

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Communication Studies program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Training/Development Specialist
  • Customer Service
  • Hospitality
  • Patient Advocacy/Relations
  • Financial Services
  • Recreation/Tourism Management

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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