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Communication Studies Major

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As a Communication Studies major, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how people communicate, how to listen, how to better persuade, and how to engage in civic life. You'll study communication in personal relationships, in businesses and other organizations, in media, and across genders and diverse cultures. In addition, you'll get valuable hands-on experience through our internship program and community-based class projects.

I enjoy how effective, interactive, and fun the Comm Studies teachers really are. I would encourage anyone to be a part of the awesome Edgewood Comm Studies family.
-Diego Galicia, '14
Communication Studies Major
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Diego Galicia 2014 Comm Studies graduate

The Communication Studies major offers students opportunities for learning, professional development, student activities and employment. You will take 24 credits of core courses and another 24 credits or more in elective courses, for a total of 48 credits. Many of our courses also fulfill general education requirements (note letters listed after course numbers).

You can choose from one of three pre-designed emphases, or you can design your own concentration to help you focus your studies in the exact way you'd like. In addition, you'll gain valuable experience through our internship program, and you'll take part in a Senior Capstone seminar that helps you synthesize what you've learned and puts you on the path to achieving your goals for the future, whether you want to continue on to graduate school or enter the professional world.


Required Core Courses

See our official course list and requirements in the Edgewood College Catalog. See course descriptions in the Edgewood College Course Description Catalog.

  • COMMS 201: Communication and Civilization
  • COMMS 240: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMMS 311: Quantitative Communication Research Methods
  • COMMS 313: Qualitative Communication Research Methods
  • COMMS 241 J: Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • COMMS 243: Introduction to Media Studies
  • COMMS 317 D: Intercultural Communication
  • COMMS 440 3: Senior Capstone
Ariel Arneson 2016 Communication Studies graduate
Through every Communication Studies class, Edgewood allows you to explore your passions and gives you the tools to really make a difference in the world.
-Ariel Arneson, '16
Communication Studies Major
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Elective Courses

See our official course list and requirements in the Edgewood College Catalog. See course descriptions in the Edgewood College Course Description Catalog.

 


 

Concentrations

Interpersonal/Organizational

Develop people skills and prepare for careers in management, sales, social services, event planning, development, fundraising, human resources, etc.

Message & Media

Focus on message design and production, and prepare for careers in public relations, outreach, advertising, marketing, promotion, journalism, broadcasting, etc.

Social Influence

Develop skills in community leadership and public service, and prepare for careers in politics, advocacy, law, or civic affairs.

Individualized

Design a plan of study that fits your specific interests. Previous examples include Intercultural Communications, Health Communications, Public Relations, and Sports Marketing.

 


 

Communication Studies Minor

 

A minor in Communication Studies is a great complement to almost any major. Common combinations include Business, Theatre Arts, Psychology, Sociology, Graphic Design, Political Science, Foreign Language, as well as Nursing.

See our official course list and requirements in the Edgewood College Catalog. See course descriptions in the Edgewood College Course Description Catalog.

Minor Requirements

  • 24 credits
  • Two required courses, and the rest you choose with your advisor
  • Interdisciplinary: You can take up to six credits from departments other than Communication Studies