School of Communication & Journalism

Applying to COMM

These tips are for applying to the Communication major only.

Please read the following carefully to ensure this is the major for you.  You should also review the COMM website and review COMM course descriptions (available in the AU Bulletin and on the COMM Course Description webpage).

Students accepted to the Communication program have an expressed interest in the study of human communication. The Communication program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of communication in order to prepare them with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a diverse and complex society.  Topics covered in our courses include: small group communication, conflict, interpersonal communication, message preparation, and leadership.  Our graduates hold a range of positions, including: medical device sales, promotions coordinator, human resource manager, communications director, nonprofit director, attorney, casting director, patient advocate, and legislative aide, to name just a few.  Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of industries and fields, such as news and publishing, technology, nonprofits and foundations, government, entertainment, as well as medical and pharmaceutical.

If you are unsure if Communication is the major for you, we invite you to explore our other majors - Public Relations, Journalism, or Media Studies – by visiting the School of Communication and Journalism’s webpage, or by speaking with the COMM advisor, Ms. Sarah Henry at sarah@auburn.edu, or the Associate Director of Communication, Dr. Debra Worthington, at worthdl@auburn.edu.

Your 250 Word Essay Should Address the Following

  1. What position, type of position, or general career area do you hope to work in upon graduation?
  2. Based on what you have learned thus far, and your current knowledge of the job/field you plan to pursue, what communication skills or knowledge do you believe you will need to learn or improve upon to get or advance in this position/area?  (Your response should demonstrate an understanding of the nature of our program and its focus on human communication and message design).
  3. What 2000 & 3000 level COMM classes have you taken or would you like take to help you achieve your professional goals?  How do you believe these courses will help you reach your goals?  (You may list by course name or number; course descriptions are available in the AU bulletin and on the COMM webpage)
  4. What 4000/5000 level courses (besides the internship) would you like take to help you achieve your professional goals?  How do you believe these courses will help you reach your goals?  (You may list by course name or number; course descriptions are available in the AU bulletin and on the COMM webpage).
  5. Once your essay is completed, proof it carefully, then carefully follow instructions provided on the CMJN application webpage.

Last Updated: January 23, 2019