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Majors and Minors

The Department of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Students who wish to specialize in this degree may elect a concentration in Professional and Organizational Communication or Rhetoric and Public Culture. Students can also Minor in Communication Studies.

Curriculum Changes

Beginning in Fall 2020, the Department of Communication Studies has updated our curriculum to reflect developments in the field and the current makeup of our faculty. These updates include a new prefix that reflects our new department name (COMM instead of CAS), new class numbers, changes to several classes, and new versions of the major or minor.

Current students may elect to change to this “new” major, or stay with the “old” major. Under the old major, students are required to select one of four concentrations: Generalist; Organizational Communication; Strategic Relationship Maintenance; and Rhetoric, Ethics, & Social Justice.

Most current students who do not intend to graduate in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 will find it to their advantage to switch to the “new” major. All students should work closely with their advisor to ensure that they select the version of the major that works best for them and keeps them on track for graduation.

Need help determining where your CAS course fits in with the new curriculum? Click here for a helpful CAS to COMM Course Conversion Chart!

Career Options in the Field of Communication

The study of communication is a rapidly growing discipline within colleges and universities across the United States.  Communication is a skill that is in high demand and the Comm Studies Department can help you achieve the communication skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive job market.  Below is a list of some of the career opportunities available to students with a degree in communication.  Some careers may require additional schooling.



  • Advertising or marketing specialist
  • Creative Director
  • Media Planner
  • Media Sales Representative
  • Social Networking Specialist

Business and Nonprofit

  • Manager or Executive Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Community Organizer
  • Technical Writer
  • Diversity Trainer

Communication and Healthcare

  • Medical Grants Writer
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Health Personnel Educator
  • Healthcare Councelor

Media Related Occupations

  • TV or Radio Performer/Announcer
  • News and Community Relations Manager
  • Writer


  • Campaign Director
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Elected Official
  • Speech Writer
  • Lobbyist

International Relations and Negotiations

  • Non-governmental Organization Representative
  • Translator
  • Diplomat/Foreign Service
  • Student Tour Coordinator


  • Legal Secretary
  • Mediation and Negotiation Specialist
  • Attorney
  • Legal Researcher

Social and Human Services

  • Community Affairs Liaison 
  • Social Worker
  • Regligious Leader
  • Public Administrator 

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