"A degree in Communication Studies has allowed me to open doors beyond my area of emphasis. The ability to present myself, my work and ideas, and my knowledge, in a succinct manner has created opportunities for expansion of careers. I have secured positions in sales, human resources, business development and management. The flexibility of my degree has allowed me to explore career options without being stereotyped as a talent in a single field."
Rob Fuglie, Communication Studies, 1998
The Department of Communication Studies works to extend the knowledge, appreciation, and skills that contribute to the full understanding and practice of effective communication.
Employers cite many of the same qualities when they describe what they look for in applicants for hiring and promotion:
An education in Communication Studies will prepare you for many careers. The things you learn and put into practice in our classes are what both workers and employers say are most important in almost any career.
And just as important, these are the same characteristics that enable you to be active citizens and to develop healthy personal relationships. People must communicate effectively to achieve success in education, business, politics, government, the community and the family.
Our programs also provide a strong foundation for graduate school. Graduates from our department have earned M.A. or Ph.D. degrees from respected institutions and now teach at the college level. Others have earned law degrees and are now practicing attorneys.
A degree program in Communication Studies prepares you in all of these arenas. That's why graduates in Communication Studies achieve success in a variety of careers.
General - Sales, Personnel, Public Information Officer, Customer Service Representative, Communication Trainer, Mediator
Education - Teacher, Counselor, Researcher, Administrator, Development Officer, College Admissions, University Professor
Government - Speech Writer, Legislative Assistant, Campaign Director, Research Specialist, Lobbyist, Press Secretary
Health Related Careers - Health Educator, Grants Writer, Hospital Communication Director, Research Analyst, Publications Editor, Marketing Director
High Technology Industries - Technical Copywriter, Television Producer/Director, Systems Analyst, Audio and Visual Computer Display Specialist
Law - Attorney, Legal Researcher, Mediation Specialist, Legal Reporter, Legal Educator
International Relations and Negotiation - Corporate Representative, Translator, Student Tour Coordinator, Diplomat, Foreign Relations Officer, Foreign Correspondent
Public - Publicity Manager, Media Analyst, Creative Director, Audience Analyst, Public Opinion Researcher
Social and Human Services - Public Relations Specialist, Social Worker, Human Rights Officer, Community Affairs Liaison, Philanthropic Representative