Communication is the study of messages from interpersonal to mass mediated forms. The Communications major includes four concentrations:
The major and its concentrations are designed to be a flexible major for students with a wide range of interests. It is a 46 credit major (about one-third of the total number of credits needed to graduate) which makes it relatively easy to double-major in another field. Additionally, Communications majors are required to minor in another discipline (minors are approximately 20 credits).
Students develop great writing skills as well as good analytical skills. Specifically, communications majors, regardless of concentration, can formulate and evaluate arguments, utilize a number of persuasive strategies, and develop media literacy. Many students who gravitate toward Communications are "people persons" who have good interpersonal skills and are capable communicators. This major amplifies those skills through course work which requires interpersonal and intercultural communications, assignments requiring group work, public speaking and in class discussion skills.
In addition, students receive close personal attention from faculty members, support for activities both within and outside the department, and will have made some professional connections along the way.
Graduates from the program have gone onto work in public relations, professional sports, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, advertising, arts organizations and other non-profits and management in various settings. And of course, many students pursue graduate school.
The B.A. Communications degree is offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus.