Why Should I Major in Communication Studies?

Choosing a major is arguably the most important decision you will make during your collegiate career. Why should you major in communication studies? Because majoring in communication studies will provide you with knowledge and skills that are essential for success in the real world.

Three students discuss an assigment. In a recent national survey of corporate recruiters, 86 percent identified “effective communication” as the most important professional skill they were looking for in prospective employees. Think about it: different jobs require you to do very different tasks. But what do they all have in common? Communication.

Whether it’s managing a sales unit, coordinating medical personnel during an emergency, pitching a proposal to potential clients, creating an online public relations campaign, or negotiating an agreement with contractors, the professional world of today is created through communication. Consequently, it’s your communication knowledge and skills that will set you apart from others in the competitive marketplace, and that will make all the difference in whether you successfully achieve your career goals.

Our Majors and Minors

Whether you're interested in a major or a minor, or even just taking a few classes, we have programs and courses for you:
  • the Communication Management major — designed for students interested in the general principles of communication, from interpersonal relationships to the theory and practice of public dialogue.
  • the Mass Communication major — you can specialize in broadcasting, journalism, or public relations.
  • the Communication Management minor — if you already have a major but are looking for a minor, studying communication management could be the perfect choice for your future career. Communicating is an essential part of any career.
  • The Mass Communication minor — a minor that can be paired with many careers, designed for students interested in the general principles of broadcasting, journalism, and public relations.

Explore

We invite you to explore the site to learn who we are. Take a look at our courses and what you need to do to graduate. Get to know our faculty. Ask us questions. Once you're done, we hope to see you in the classroom next semester!