The Communication program examines how messages are created and adapted for audiences in a wide range of contexts. Students learn to think critically, speak confidently and persuasively, and solve problems, skills that are highly valued but seldom taught. These abilities transcend fields, making communication a pragmatic and practical option in an ever-changing workspace.
The coursework in Communication pairs analytical and theoretical approaches to provide a foundation for success in professional and personal environments. In the major and minor, students learn skills such as leadership, addressing and resolving conflicts, creating and delivering effective presentations, forming and maintaining close relationships, problem solving in groups and teams, strategizing persuasive messages, understanding organizational processes, cultural aptitude, and more. Courses are taught by award-winning faculty that are actively engaged in emerging research. Their contributions to communication represent the latest developments and practical applications of the field.
The essence of the Communication program is flexibility. The skills students learn equip them to work in a variety of careers and move easily between paths should the need arise. Employers like corporations, small businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits consistently rank these abilities as the most desirable qualities in new hires, suggesting that they are more than common sense, they are critical for successful careers. This program prepares graduates with the knowledge to address day-to-day issues with confidence.
Alumni from our program demonstrate the flexibility and utility of a Communication degree in the breadth of their careers. Graduates work in diverse fields such as management, training and consulting, education, sales, politics, human resources, campaign strategy, community organizations, entertainment, government, community service, public and international affairs, sports, law, marketing, academics, and a wide variety of industries.