May 21, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Communication Studies Major, B.A./B.S.

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39 hours; C or better required in all courses; 2.25 major GPA required

Communication Studies connects two important aspects of a USI education: the liberal arts and the professional preparation. By incorporating writing, speaking, and computer-mediated communications across the curriculum, the communication studies program explores communication in various contexts and forms.

Communication Studies faculty work with students so they can meet the current needs of business and industry leaders who demand that college graduates demonstrate effective communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and leadership experience in addition to the ability to think critically and conceptually. Students emerge from the major in communication studies as proficient, critical consumers and producers of messages and interactions at the personal, social, civic, and professional levels.

Graduates pursue various careers. Many work in corporate, communication, mass media, sales, retail management, non-profit organizations, human resources, corporate training programs, government agencies, and the healthcare industry, while others own businesses or attend graduate school.

Additional Information

At least 21 hours in the major must be at the 300 and 400 level; at least six hours must be at the 400-level. For directed electives, no more than six hours may be taken from a combination of CMST 400  and CMST 489 . For an internship, the student must seek permission of the Communications faculty and have second semester junior standing. Some upper-level CMST courses are offered biennially.

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