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Communication is concerned with the most distinct human characteristics: the use of spoken language and the use of media to communicate information, maintain social contact and influence others. The department offers various undergraduate degrees, minors, certificates and optional study abroad trips and field trips that, when combined to meet a student’s interests, provide unique approaches to acquiring the knowledge and the marketable skills needed to describe, interpret, evaluate and transform the world around us through the use of communication and media.  

Many students select a major and a minor (two minors for journalism studies students) in order to customize their choices of classes. Other students choose a major, a minor and then pattern their courses to pursue a certificate. Honors students may participate in the well-established and well-respected COMM-Honors program. Academic advisors are available to assist students in refining their pathway to their future.

While some students choose advanced degrees in communication, law, business or religion, many go straight into the work world to pursue careers in a vast array of areas. Typical choices include positions in:

  • Strategic communication
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Promotions and sales
  • Training and human resources
  • Social media
  • Journalism
  • Digital communication
  • Leadership and management,
  • Health fields related to communication,
  • Organizations and public policy
  • Communication media
  • Sports communication
  • Entertainment and related areas of business
  • Industry
  • Government
  • Nonprofit organizations.