Given the fast-paced, technology-driven and global nature of today's workplaces, many students seek an education that will serve them in careers that have yet fully to emerge.
Knowledge of communication skills and expertise in oral and written communication over a broad range of contexts and audiences is a key job skill employers seek, regardless of changes in specific industries and career fields. Students choosing this concentration can work with their communication mentor to tailor their program of study to meet their specific career and personal goals.
In addition to securing the skills employers are most interested in, students with a Communication degree prepare themselves for graduate studies in a wide array of academic fields, such as law, human resources, communication, business, management, education and other liberal arts and social sciences.
Think you may be interested in the Communication Studies concentration? See what Communication Studies student Maeve Donahue has to say about it in this student-produced video!
In addition to the Communication core requirements (16 hours), students in this concentration take:
Writing (3 hours)
210 Newswriting OR
212 Message Design
Foundations (12 hours)
Choose 1 foundations course from 3 of the 5 areas listed here (9 hours):
|Public Communication & Dialogue:||Leadership, Organizing & Relating:|
|305 Argumentation & Debate||300 Interpersonal Communication|
|347 Political Communication||320 Organizational Communication|
|409 Theories of Persuasion||420 Leadership and Teams|
|Advertising & Public Relations:||Journalism & Media Studies:|
|360 Public Relations Principles & Practices
||342 Literary Journalism|
|370 Advertising Principles & Practices
||344 Media Ethics|
|384 Analysis of Popular Culture|
|Communication, Culture & Community:||441 Critical Perspectives on Journalism|
|330 Intercultural Communication
||442 Free Expression
|430 Gender and Communication||443 Culture, Technology & Communication
|432 Communicating Across Racial Divides
In addition, choose an additional 3 hours from any of the foundations courses listed above.
Production Practices & Applications (3 hours)
Any Communication course designated as a Production/Technology course may be taken to fulfill this requirement.
An additional six hours may be taken from any of the classes in the Communication curriculum.
Download the full Communication program curriculum
For more information on the Communication Studies concentration, contact Dr. Richard, Director of Undergraduate Studies.