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