Communication Studies Major

Discover the academic theories that support effective communication and learn to apply them to contemporary issues as you build writing, speaking and analytical skills.

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This major takes a three-pronged approach to communication studies. First, gain a greater understanding of the role that communication plays in shaping culture and identity. Second, analyze the ways in which the process of meaning-making — through words, images, symbols or technology strategically influences human judgment and actions. Third, sharpen your critical thinking abilities as you become a more ethical producer and consumer of messages.  

This approach is accomplished through a theoretical and practical focus on argument development and a close examination how ideas are discussed, advocated and circulated in public and private life. You will develop speaking, writing and analytical thinking skills that allow you to become a better ethical participant in creating, critiquing and disseminating communications.

The communications studies major prepares you for graduate school or careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Alumni work in areas such as public affairs, corporate relations, law, religion, sales, lobbying, entertainment, human resources, conference and meeting management, training and development, health communication, teaching and consulting.  You may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree by completing the intermediate level of a foreign language.

Degree Requirements

View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.