The Communication Studies curriculum provides students a platform for understanding the diverse ways communication creates, maintains, and transforms relationships, organizations, institutions, and society. Majors develop competencies in analyzing communication situations, constructing and presenting messages, and adapting to diverse audiences in specific contexts.
This major takes a liberal arts approach to developing responsible communicators in
a variety of situations: one-on-one, small group, public, interpersonal, intercultural,
and organizational settings. This major requires a second major or minor. Students
often pair this major with a major in political science or religious studies, or a
minor in marketing, sales, convention meeting and exposition planning, non-profit
administration, or broadcasting. Communication studies complements any career goal
that requires excellent communication abilities, such as business, law, politics,
health care, social work, religious ministries, and teaching.
The Corporate and Organizational Communication curriculum prepares students to understand and apply Communication theories and concepts that explain and predict human interaction in the workplace and guide the formulation of messages for the organization and its constituencies in a wide range of business situations. Majors investigate how individuals influence and are influenced by organizations and their members as well as how stakeholders' personal communication competencies affect participation in and quality of organizational life and society. Majors develop competencies in critically analyzing communication within organizations, assessing internal and external corporate communication needs, and understanding audience differences and developing strategic communication plans accordingly.
This interdisciplinary program leads to careers that require communication skills in organizational settings such as training and development, public affairs, non-profit management, government relations, marketing, sales, human resources, public relations, and entrepreneurial endeavors. This major does not require a minor or a second major.
This minor will be of benefit to students in a variety of professional fields such as English, political science, history, religious studies, psychology, business, teaching, or the sciences.
This certificate allows for exploration of the role that communication plays in political systems by combining studies in the fields of communication and government.
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