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What is Communication Studies?
 
Communication studies allows students to analyze, evaluate, and critique human communication practices in a variety of contexts such as the workplace, the family and the community.  
 
Communication studies can be used to know exactly what you’re talking about when you argue or can even be used in a simple conversation. It’s all about knowing how language works in everyday life
Activities include persuading a consumer to buy a product, arguing for a court case, or managing a conflict.

What skills do I need to have a career in Communication Studies?

You must be able to argue your point and also have excellent people skills. 
 
Communication arts requires a good understanding of language and persuasion and skills such as:
  • Analytical thinking
  • People skills 
  • Language skills 
  • Persuasion skills

What can I do with a concentration in Communication Studies?

 concentration in communication studies is good preparation for a variety of careers in such diverse sectors as law and the ministry.
 
A concentration in communication studies is useful for any career dealing directly with language. Whether arguing your way into winning a court case, working in the ministry, or managing conflict, it is necessary to have skills in communication studies

Career titles:

  • Lawyer
  • Minister
  • Counseler
  • Group therapist
  • Political manager

In brief, the department’s commitment to a broad-based study of communication activities permits a more intelligent choice of career fields. In addition, it provides a more meaningful classroom experience during the junior and senior years.  The requirements listed below are for the catalog year 2015–2016.  For other years, please consult the USA Bulletin.

Requirements for a Major in Communication:

Communication majors must complete CA 110, Public Speaking and 42 hours in one of the department's five tracks listed below. At least five communication classes must be numbered 300 or higher and must be taken at USA. Only three hours of credit from CA 394 or CA 494 can be used to satisfy this requirement.

 

All general education requirements can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Specific Course Requirements:

The communication studies concentration allows students to analyze, evaluate, and critique human communication practices in a variety of contexts such as the workplace, the family and the community. Students will develop skills that can be used in many fields or careers.

  • Core Requirements: CA 100, CA 210, CA 260, CA 300, CA 445
  • Required: CA 200, CA 222, CA 310
  • Choose either Group A or Group B
  • Group A - Human and Organizational Communication
    • Required: CA 211, CA 230, CA 275
    • Choose Four: CA 315, CA 330-W, CA 410, CA 411, CA 430, CA 453, CA 475, CA 496
  • Group B - Rhetoric and Culture: 
    • Required: CA 422, CA 424-W
    • Choose Four: CA 315, CA 330-W, CA 343, CA 352, CA 410, CA 425, CA 453, CA 496

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