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Degree Requirements


Communication majors select from one of seven emphases options (students can select multiple emphases). When selecting an emphasis, students are encouraged to consult with their Communication advisor and to examine their own career goals. Each emphasis has its own supporting and upper level courses.

  • Social Media Strategy - The study of the strategies and tactics needed to advance organizational goals through social media. Students will be prepared for long-term careers working as social media managers, specialists, curators, and content providers.
  • Health Communication - The study of internal and external communication in the healthcare environment. Students will learn how to (1) improve provider/patient interactions, (2) enhance communication within healthcare organizations and (3) how to inform the public about healthcare issues, threats and crises.
  • Journalism - The study of reporting, writing, editing, and publishing. Students learn to write, "dig for stories", and develop an interest in public affairs.
  • Mass Media - The study of radio, television, film, and multimedia technology. Students learn about production techniques, the media industry, and audience effects.
  • Organizational Communication - The study of communication practices and dilemmas within organizations. Student learn speaking, interviewing, facilitating, and persuading skills. They also learn to research, analyze, and resolve critical organizational problems.
  • Public Relations - The study of how organizations present themselves to internal and external audiences. Students learn how to use and integrate various communication modes into a coherent strategy for relating to the public.
  • Sports Communication - The study of the unique dynamics associated with sports media, organizations, teams and players. Students will be prepared for long-term careers working as sports reporters, broadcasters, media specialists or public relations professionals.


The Communication program offers an interdisciplinary minor that can be complementary to a number of majors, including, but not limited to, Business, Information Sciences, Public and Environmental Affairs, Human Development and Psychology.