Communication is a dynamic and changing field that impacts nearly every profession and aspect of life. Experts with knowledge of how to appropriately and effectively communicate with a variety of publics using a variety of methods (face-to-face, social media, tv/radio, etc.) are in demand and will continue to be in demand in the future as the ways we communicate continue to develop and change.

Communication professors and instructors have a variety of academic and professional experiences that they bring to the classroom.  Classes can be taken either online or in person.  The flexible program allows students to include a minor or double major as part of their academic program.

Students begin taking communication courses in their first year and are able to take electives or special topics courses in their first year and throughout the rest of their program. Context courses are the major focus in the first two years (i.e. interpersonal, group, organizational, multi-cultural, mass media). More in-depth courses focused on critical thinking follow (persuasion, theory, literature) as well as electives focused on the individual students’ interests (electronic journalism, media, organizational communication, strategic communication). Students may also coordinate coursework with related departments to complete programs such as communication-theatre, speech education, sports entertainment marketing, or communication disorders.

Graduates are working in health education, sales, coaching, college admissions and retention, public relations, human resources.  Graduates are doing such things as designing and administering social media sites, planning special events, educating health care professionals and patients about emerging products related to diabetes, reaching out to needy and disenfranchised individuals through social service agencies, and designing multi-media projects.  Some graduates attend graduate school in such fields as communication, speech disorders, and strategic communication.

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Community Relations
  • Disc Jockey
  • Education
  • Event Planner
  • Graduate School
  • Human Resources
  • Internet Communications
  • Marketing
  • Political Campaigns
  • Print & Broadcast Media
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Publicist
  • Social Service Spokesperson
  • Speech Writer

Students have the opportunity to get practical experience in a variety of on-campus and off-campus practicums, internships, and work-study positions.  Students work in the alumni office, with the public relations staff, in the president’s office, with the registrar staff, with the sports department (designing social media posts, working with the coaching staff, videoing or MCing games, keeping stats, etc.).  Off-campus internships are available with such organizations as local sports teams, local social service agencies, and local school systems.

First year students directly from high school, transfer students, and non-traditional/adult students are all welcome to immediately be accepted into the program after being accepted to the university.

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