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What is Communication Studies?

The top skills most sought after by employers are communication skills.  Why not choose a major that will directly help you think, write, speak, and digitally create effective communication?  COM graduates have gone on to thrive in many vocations including law, entrepreneurial efforts, sales, training, event planning and all forms of digital creative and strategic communication. 

Communication studies is the academic discipline which studies human communication in all its forms.  Areas of focus include communication and rhetorical theory, the study of communication in various contexts such as interpersonal communication, group and organizational communication, media studies and cross cultural communication.  It also includes applied areas such as public speaking, negotiation and debate, integrated marketing communication, performance studies, and digital media production.  

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Consumer Affairs Specialist Lawyer Public Information Officer
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Actor Government Relations Photojournalist
Advertising Account Executive Graphic Artist Producer- TV, Film, Theatre
Advertising Copywriter Greeting Card Writer Production Assistant
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Administrator Educational Tester Public Relations Officer
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Related Major Skills

Create powerful images with sight, sound, motion & words Write press releases, scripts, or other promotional materials
Ability to write clearly Effective speaking
Present specific viewpoints Influential/persuasion skills
Synthesizing information Interpretation skills
Reporting and editing skills Create entertaining and persuasive
Demonstrate creativity and artistic expression Define hypotheses
Evaluate ideas and presentation Gather information and data
Compare and contrast evidence Evaluate information and sources
Critical thinking skills Develop market research
Measure media effects Planning and managing skills
Work with deadlines Work independently
Attention to details Work in teams / small groups
Identify and manage different needs of individuals, groups, etc. Understand institutional and cultural values

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