The communication studies major emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Core courses provide students with a strong foundation in all aspects of human communication. Elective courses within the major allow students to design a program of study that meets their personal learning objectives and career goals.
Students in any major other than communication studies may declare a minor in communication studies. A total of 21 credit hours of course work is required for the minor distributed as follows:Program Details for Communication Studies Minor [COM]
The communication studies concentration in journalism prepares students for careers in journalism and related fields, as well as how to critically examine journalism practice.
The communication studies concentration in media production prepares students for careers in sound and video digital production.
The communication studies concentration in public relations and advertising provides students for careers in public relations and advertising in both corporate settings and nonprofit organizations. Students are grounded in theory, method and application in the areas of public relations and advertising.
The Communication Studies Department offers the major in New Communication Media which is a focused program designed to provide students with the knowledge of prevailing communication theory, an understanding of the social implications of digital media and the skills to create digital content. Graduates will have materials development and critical thinking skills needed in expanding sectors of contemporary broadcast, audio, video, multimedia, gaming and related industries.