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This program supports students who have an entrepreneurial mindset, allowing them to maximize their career options by taking specified electives, working in multiple internships, or through undergraduate research. You will learn people and relationship skills, management skills, and intercultural communication. Your faculty advisors will help you determine your optimal career path based on your interests and goals. This degree can also be a springboard to further communications graduate programs.

Graduates of the Communication Studies program will:

  • 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.

Tailor Your Degree to Meet Your Goals

Our flexible Communication Studies program can be tailored to meet your interests, whether through a double-major or other pairings to help craft your unique career path.

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Learn to communicate effectively, both written and verbally, in all contexts. These transferable skills are sought by today’s employers.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Communication Studies Majors

With a degree in Communication Studies, you can customize your future with the communication skills necessary to lead others. 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.

Courses & Requirements

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

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:

CM 253/ENG 253  Journalism I|
CM 254/ENG 254  Journalism II
CM 290  Business Communication Internship Prep
CM 303/ENG 303  Feature Writing
CM 304/ENG 304  Magazine Writing & Publishing
CM 305/ENG 305  Journalism Practicum
CM 314/ENG 314  Public Relations Writing
CM 350  Junior Internship
CM 401  Senior Internship

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.

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