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Communication Studies

Open HouseCommunication Studies Concentration

Why Choose Communication Studies?

The Communication Studies concentration will teach you to look closely at communication in all its forms, from conversations with friends and families, conflicts between bosses and co-workers, or interactions between patients and healthcare providers. You'll learn how we're influenced to think and act in certain ways by the politicians we listen to, the social media we use, the movies and TV shows we watch, and the music we listen to. And you'll learn how to be a more effective communicator and listener, able to express yourself clearly in writing and speech.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Communication Studies?

Employers are looking for graduates who can "think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems." And these are exactly the skills we teach our students. As you proceed through your degree program, you will learn how to find and evaluate information, analyze the rhetoric we encounter everyday, and ask and answer complex questions about communication using different types of data and evidence.

What Makes a Communication Studies Major Stand Out?

You'll develop skills in ethical decision-making, intercultural understanding, and research and analysis that are not only desirable for future employers but also important for personal development. You'll demonstrate your knowledge by completing a Senior Capstone project that shows that you can independently apply your critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. And you'll have ample opportunities for internships that will help you develop your communication skills in the "real-world."

What Classes Do Communication Studies Majors Take?

All COMM students take Oral Communication and Communication Inquiry. Communication Studies students also take: Media and Information Literacy, Rhetoric & Civic Controversy, Communication Ethics, Communication Research Methods, and the Senior Capstone. You'll also choose one of three focus areas:

  • Organizing & Relating, where you'll choose from courses such as Health Communication and Communication & Conflict;
  • Rhetoric & Political Communication, where you'll choose from courses such as African American Rhetoric and Voices of American Women;
  • Media & Culture, where you'll choose from courses such as TV & Culture and Women & Film.

Where can Communication Studies take you?

Shannon Little

Shannon Little (BA '09) received her MA in communication from U of M in 2011 and is Marketing and Events Coordinator for Huey's Restaurants.

Erica Roberts

Erica Roberts (BA '11) is the Adult Learning Coordinator for Literacy Mid-South.


Zac Woolfolk (BA '08) is an Internet Marketing Strategist for RocketFuel, a website design company.

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