Students in the Communication major study how verbal and nonverbal messages create meaning in various contexts.
This ranges from interactions between two people to interactions within groups. It also encompasses the creation of messages aimed at mass audiences across cultures and media. Particular interest is in the effect of messaging on human behavior. Coursework guides students to apply communication principles to a world of increasing complexity.
The core courses required of every Communication major provide students with a broad theoretical background for pursuing various employment or graduate school opportunities.
Students in the Communication major complete their undergraduate education prepared to enter the workforce in a variety of fields or to pursue post-graduate education.
An internship is a valuable opportunity for a student. It provides hands-on experience key to career development. It's a unique chance to experience daily life in a job and decide whether or not it's a good fit for you. You'll also have the chance to network and make important connections for career opportunities.
For example, Tomorrow Huff ’15 put her Communication major to work as an intern with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. As an operations assistant for Sixers Basketball and Dance Camps, she handled logistics for the teen and preteen campers, while immersed in a professional sports environment.
Students who wish to earn a Communication minor must take the following coursework, totaling 21 hours.
Students choose nine hours from one area of specialization in the major or from the remaining courses in the major's core. Six hours must be upperdivision.
For more information about applicable coursework, please consult the undergraduate bulletin.