<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> Major in Communication Studies

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A total of 84% of Communication Studies majors were either employed or in graduate school directly out of their bachelors degree. Source: 2010 Graduate Survey.


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Ashley GildnerAshley Gildner

I am a graduating senior with a Concentration in Organizational Communication. I have recently received a job offer as an Executive Team Leader at Target!! In this position, I will be acting as a leader on duty for the store; assisting in the recruiting and hiring process; and training new employees. My position as the Area Coordinator in the BU Kehr Union, as well as my Human Resource internship at PeopleShare, has prepared me the most for my new career. Courses such as Interviewing, Organizational Communication Theory and Communication Training in Organizations have also helped me with my career path. If it wasn’t for my courses in the major, involvement on campus, and my professors’ help, I would not be where I am today. A special thanks to Dr. Turnage and Dr. Bodenman for guiding me in all the right directions. Without your guidance I would not have achieved so much. For future Communication Majors, never stop setting goals and reaching your fullest potential! You can do anything you set your mind to, just BU!


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Karli Miiler

Karli Miller

One thing I’ve learned this semester in the Comm. Department is to not underestimate my abilities! What began as a paper in Dr. La Valley’s Family Communication course has developed into my Honors Program Thesis and has only grown since. Recently, I presented my research “Queering Marital Typologies: A Modern Recreation of Fitzpatrick’s Typological Approach Using Queer Couples” at the Eastern Communication Association annual conference in Baltimore, where I received recognition for having a Top 5 Paper in the Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference. I also will be presenting my research in Lambda Pi Eta's (the Communication Studies Honor Society) Top Scholarship competition (for the second year in a row!).

Majoring in Communication Studies

What is Communication Studies?
Communication Studies is a discipline that involves the investigation and practice of face-to-face, small group, organizational, public, print, and mediated messages. Effective communication has long been recognized as the hallmark of an educated person and is vital to social and career success. The U.S. Department of Labor identifies listening, speaking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, reasoning, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, and integrity as qualities for outstanding job performance. Majoring in Communication Studies develops all of these skills.

What kinds of courses would I take?
Besides meeting the general education requirements, a student majoring in Communication Studies will take foundational course work in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication Research Methods, and Examining Communication. Depending on career interests, a student will choose from one of three areas of study: Interpersonal Communication, Leadership and Public Advocacy, or Organizational Communication. Students will take five courses in their selected area of study and three additional communication courses as electives.

What is the Interpersonal Communication Area of Study?
Students studying Interpersonal Communication focus on communication in human relations. Students develop competencies that allow them to explore human interactions, assess barriers to communication in relationships, and acquire communication skills necessary for successful personal and professional development. Study in this area prepares students for careers in social and human services such as counseling, public administration, health service management, and the ministry.

What is the Leadership and Public Advocacy Area of Study?
Students studying Leadership and Public Advocacy focus on the importance of communication in a democratic society. Students develop competencies that allow them to understand the public deliberative process, to assess and create messages, and to enhance their leadership skills. Study in this area prepares students for careers in law, government, media, international relations, speech writing, lobbying, campaign direction, public information, or elected office.

What is the Organizational Communication Area of Study?
Students studying Organizational Communication focus on the importance of communication in business and professional settings. Students develop competencies that allow them to understand communication in professional organizations, develop professional communica-tion skills, and to train others to communicate effectively in professional settings. Study in this area prepares students for careers in personnel recruitment and management, sales, corporate communication, development, fundraising, and employee orientation and training.

What about Internship opportunities?
Communication Studies majors complete an internship as their capstone experience. The internship enables students to gain professional experience while applying the theories and skills they have learned in class. Interns have both an on-site and faculty supervisor to oversee and guide their work.

Are there student organizations related to the major?
Many of our majors join the National Communication Association Student Chapter (NCASC). NCASC is the national professional organization for communication scholars and individuals whose jobs or career goals are related to communication. The student chapter here at BU offers monthly meetings that feature professionals who discuss topics such as interviewing, internships, résumé writing, career development, and graduate school.

Take a look at the courses in the major:
Required Courses
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Communication Research Methods
Examining Communication

Interpersonal Communication Area of Study
Communication Theory
Gender Issues in Communication
Conflict Management and Resolution
Family Communication
Relational Communication
Leadership and Team Building


Leadership and Public Advocacy Area of Study
Understanding Social Influence
Persuasion
Argument and Analysis
Community Leadership
Media and Visual Culture
Strategic Communication


Organizational Communication Area of Study
Communication Theory
Organizational Communication Theory
Computer Applications for Professional Communicators
Interviewing
Communication Training in Organizations
Corporate Communication


Additional Electives
Communication for Business Professionals
Health Communication
Issue and Image Campaigns
Nonverbal Communication

How do I get more information?
Dr. Tim Rumbough, Chairperson, Department of Communication Studies
1102 McCormick Human Services Center, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4897, e-mail: trumboug@bloomu.edu, Department website: http://departments.bloomu.edu/commstud