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Robert West

I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this Spring. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Leadership and Public Advocacy area of study. As a Communication Studies Major, I feel that the variety of courses I have completed will continue to benefit me throughout my future endeavors following graduation. In addition to the challenging curriculum of this major, the professors in the department have always encouraged me to work hard both inside and outside of the classroom. I currently hold an executive position as the treasurer of the National Communication Association Student Club. I have received so many valuable connections from being a part of the NCASC, therefore I would definitely recommend future and current students to get involved. I am also currently completing an internship at the Law Office of Christopher Opiel in Wilkes Barre, PA. I am proud to say that the Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg University has successfully prepared me for the professional world.


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Holly Davis

I am a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this May. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Organizational Track, with a minor in Human Resources. Majoring in Communication Studies has opened many doors for me. With it being so broad, it has lead me to a multitude of opportunities that helped me grow not only my network, but my professional experience as well. I currently work two jobs- I am a student worker in the Student Activities Office in the KUB and I also intern at McAdam Financial in Center City as a Recruiting intern. McAdam Financial has allowed me to have the experience of working in the corporate world while recruiting for potential Financial Advisors. I also hold an executive position for Communication Day in the National Communication Association Student Club. COMM Day is a one-day research symposium where faculty, professionals, and students can share their work. Putting COMM Day together involves a substantial amount of communication skills, hard work, and organization. Although COMM Day is hard work, I could have not been able to put it on without the help of the members of the NCASC and our wonderful advisor, Dr. Shavonne Shorter!

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