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Department of Communication

Degrees and Programs

Our aim is to prepare you to compete, understand, and provide leadership in a communication-oriented society. We offer a balance of humanistic and scientific instruction in communication people need to function effectively in teaching, business, law, the communication professions, public service and administration, public relations, politics, management and other communicative contexts. You have an opportunity to explore the full range of human communication.

Our major and minor are well grounded in communication theory, problem-solving and decision-making methods, group and organizational leadership, and intercultural interaction. We study issues such as how we perceive events, express ourselves verbally and nonverbally, and how communication influences human behavior and social change.

Catalog: Department of Communication

Our program offers a variety of exciting activities to enrich your educational experience. We have many opportunities and resources for students including the Professional Communication Association, and a national communication conference each spring that brings scholars and students from around the country.

We offer you personalized advising. Our major builds on a sound core of foundation courses and is completed by courses selected to meet your needs and career objectives. Our major requirements are flexible and easily integrated into a host of minors.

Communication graduates are employed as public relations consultants, personnel managers, political campaign directors, management analysts, teachers, counselors, lawyers, ministers, human resource specialists, and marketing representatives. We offer students a discipline widely suited to today's uncertain job market. National placement studies reveal that communication majors are finding jobs with reasonably high job satisfaction and above average pay rates, and that their rate of promotion is significantly faster.

The pursuit of a career is of great concern to students today, but it is important to recognize that the quality of your education will determine your success in life as well as how to make a living. More than half of college graduates do not enter fields directly tied to their majors.

As you begin making decisions about your life and what you want to do with it, remember that we will be happy for you to join us in the most exciting and fundamental discipline of all—the study of human communication.

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