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Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

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, Small Group 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 two 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
Small Group Communication
Intercultural Communication
Communication Research Methods
Examining Communication

Interpersonal Communication Area of Study
Communication Theory
Gender Issues in Communication
Conflict Management and Resolution
Health Communication
Interviewing
Family Communication
Relational Communication
Nonverbal Communication


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


Organizational Communication Area of Study
Organizational Communication Theory
Computer Applications for Professional Communicators
Communication for Business Professionals
Communication Ethics
Interviewing
Crisis Communication
Communication Training in Organizations
Leadership and Team Building
Event Planning

 

How do I get more information?
Dr. Kara Shultz, Chairperson, Department of Communication Studies
1105 McCormick Human Services Center,
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4712, e-mail: kshultz@bloomu.edu
Department website:http://departments.bloomu.edu/commstud