The Communication Studies major provides students with a critical understanding of the complex, vital role that communication plays in contemporary life. Course-work offers students a host of intellectual, problem-solving, and career-related skills. In contemporary society, which is characterized by a dazzling array of new technologies, rapid social change, instant messaging, and dynamic interpersonal relationships, it is imperative that students appreciate the ways communication influences everyday life. Students who obtain a major in communication will take classes from a nationally ranked faculty and gain an appreciation for the social scientific study of communication.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
Communication Studies majors pursue a variety of managerial training programs in all types of industries, along with opportunities in Federal, state, and local governments along with pursuing graduate degrees. Depending on the coursework that is taken, specific opportunities may include: Organizational Training and Development, Team Facilitation, Organizational/Business Analyst, Mediator, Human Resources, Internal Consultant, Labor Negotiator, Recruitment for Private Schools, Recruitment for Universities, Community Affairs Coordinator, Government Affair Coordinator, Sales, Fundraising, Account Representative, Researcher, Insurance, Communications Manager, Product Purchaser.
What skills are developed within this major?
Conflict management, team facilitation, leadership, public speaking, writing, group facilitation, writing, negotiation, interpersonal communication, problem solving, analysis and inquiry, effective language choice, intercultural communication, persuasion, effective social media use.
Transfer students must obtain at least 20 credit hours from Communication courses at Cleveland State University.
Complete Degree on Campus or Online
Many courses in both tracks of this major are offered online. A student could satisfy the major requirements taking only online courses using the Online Delivery degree maps. The Communication Studies adviser should be contacted for more information.