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Amanda Strain
Just like that, 4 years have come and gone. With each day that passes I have never been more thankful for being a part of something that as taught me so much. As a Communication Studies major I have learned the meaning of hard work and determination. I have shown myself that I am able to articulate my thoughts through presentations, papers and everything in between. The skills that I will take away from being a Communication Studies major will help me succeed in graduate school. I could not thank my advisor or professors enough for all of the knowledge that they have instilled in me both inside and outside the classroom.


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Kate Armstrong

I will be graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Communication Studies and a concentration in Human Resources. As I prepare to graduate, I feel a mixture of emotions- excited, nervous, eager, but most of all, prepared and confident. I am proud to announce that starting in the Fall of 2017, I will begin the Master of Science in Instructional Technology graduate program here at Bloomsburg. The professors, mentors, skills, and opportunities that the Communication Studies Department at BU has given me is unparalleled. In addition to completing 3 internships during my undergraduate career, I am also the President of the National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) and a Husky Ambassador. Being involved with the NCASC is one of my favorite memories from the last 4 years; From the friends I made to the networking opportunities I had, and the leadership skills I learned from my Executive Board and Advisor Dr. Shavonne Shorter, I never would have had any of these experiences without NCASC. I strongly encourage any Communication Studies student to get involved in NCASC!

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