Communication is - simply - human interaction. Because it is so foundational to the way we live, improving communications skills can immensely benefit your personal and professional lives. The communication studies program offers courses in specialized topics such as Conflict Management and Public Speaking in addition to many broader, general education classes. Classes frequently facilitate contact with working professionals and an extensive alumni network aids in internship placement. All courses develop skills that are useful and in demand.
Course requirements for communication studies degrees provide ample flexibility for you to study areas of your own interest in and outside of communication. As minors and second majors, communication studies programs can help increase your effectiveness and marketability in other fields and careers.
Majors and minors offered through the communication studies program are:
Communication studies classes teach topics that are applicable in nearly all personal and professional situations, offering studies that improve skills that can help relationships with co-workers, roommates, and families. Skills developed include leadership, interviewing, collaboration, and conflict resolution. The communication studies degree is also an ideal way to augment study of your other academic and professional interests. As such, it makes an excellent minor or second major. The program is also useful as preparation for graduate school and careers in human relations.
An interdisciplinary public relations major strongly emphasizing communication, the corporate communication program's coursework is drawn from business and media studies. Classes offered come from the business core list (accounting, economics, marketing, finance and business law) and other areas such as advertising and multimedia design. Corporate communication is designed as a stand-alone degree, though it can be earned in conjunction with other majors.
In my class on interviewing, students learn about performance reviews, exit interviews, selection interviews and persuasive interviews. They learn how to be effective interviewers and interviewees in each context. Over the course of our careers, we spend far more time serving as interviewers than we do as interviewees. It's important to learn techniques to get at more than surface answers.