Communication is a fundamental behavior. When we communicate, we’re sharing information – sending and receiving messages, both verbal and nonverbal. Those who study communication do so with the goal of being more effective communicators, not just personally, but also within professions like business, media and law. As a major, communication overlaps with many other majors and is relevant to a wide variety of academic and career options. Here, we’ll look into some of the most popular communication-related programs.
Learning about processes and patterns of human communication is known academically as the study of communication. Majors in this field of study build a foundation of communication theory knowledge and are able to apply learned theories to diplomacy and international relations, social influence and public speaking, problem solving and conflict resolution, and crisis communications within the fields of business, journalism, politics and more.
Author, brand manager, communications director, creative director, educational administrator, event planner or manager, graphic designer, HR personnel, labor relations specialist or manager, lawyer, lobbyist, market researcher, marketing director, political scientist, politician, professor, sales representative, translator or interpreter, writer or editor (including copywriter, scriptwriter, speechwriter and technical writer).
Journalism and mass communication
For students interested in writing, interviewing and public speaking, a degree in journalism and mass communication might be a great fit. Mass communication refers to creating and sending messages to large audiences. Journalism involves both publication and broadcasting (radio and television), which is a profession that produces informational and newsworthy messages for distribution. Students in this major are prepared for diverse careers in media and communication.
Announcer, journalist or reporter, media relations manager, newscaster, foreign correspondent, media planner or coordinator, producer, PR specialist, social media manager, videographer, photographer, filmmaker or documentarian.
Communication within business is essential to not just the effectiveness of the business, but its long-term viability as well. There are many roles in organizations that require specific knowledge of and efficacy in communicating business practices and complex business information. Roles in marketing, advertising and public relations are examples of the use of business communications skills within an organization. Effective business communication is essential for the success and growth of every organization.
Business analyst, employee training manager, general manager, sales manager, advertising executive, office manager, public relations manager or specialist, social services director.
Speech and hearing science
Students interested in speech and hearing science will gain an understanding of basic human communication, including both the system and processes of speech and language development. After undergraduate coursework, speech and hearing science majors often pursue graduate degrees in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.
Audiologist, audiology assistant, research assistant, speech pathologist, speech-language pathology assistant, advocate, community health worker, elementary special education teacher, hearing aid specialist, high school teacher, human behavior researcher.