Communication Studies

Why a degree in Communication Studies?

Communication Studies graduates find opportunities in a wide variety of careers in business, education, government and non-profit sectors. Skills in verbal and written communication, as well as critical thinking, are some of the most sought after characteristics employers look for when hiring. While a degree in Communication Studies provides the foundation for successful careers in a variety of professions and preparation for post-graduate education, it is also important for students in this major to actively develop their own career goals and work with their faculty advisors to take advantage of internships, special course offerings, and volunteer opportunities to prepare for particular professions.

Students may pursue a general major in Communication Studies or select one of three special options: Organizational Communication, Communication and Human Relationships, or Rhetoric and Public Discourse. Each of these special options provides additional background important to particular careers. Overall, the knowledge and skills a student acquires in each of these areas are important to functioning effectively in one's personal life, at work, and as a citizen of the larger society in a rapidly changing world.

Sample Occupations

  • Event Planner
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Lawyer
  • School/Career Counselor

Professional Associations

There are numerous professional associations affiliated with the wide variety of careers available to people who study communication. See the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information.