Why Communication Studies?
Colorado State University Department of Communication Studies majors are among the most well-rounded, engaged, and disciplined students at our university. As an undergraduate student you’ll receive a broad-based liberal arts education that is designed to equip you for life in the 21st Century. Whether you want to practice law, go into marketing and sales, teach, or run your own business, your coursework and time at CSU will ready you for the challenges and demands of any workplace.
This article from the Huffington Post explains how Communication Studies has risen to great relevance among undergraduate majors at institutions across the nation. “Concepts that may have been more abstract for students fifteen years ago such as relationship networks, group communication, and media theory are becoming vitally relevant knowledge that a wide ranging student body want to obtain,” the article states. We couldn’t agree more.
You have a lot of choices when it comes to deciding where and what to study. Colorado State University’s admissions website shares the best of what makes our campus an exceptional choice and you can learn where student tuition dollars go from this explanation by President Tony Frank. But consider this: your tuition dollars — and degree — are an investment that pays off, as evidenced by this Association of American Colleges and Universities study. The bottom line is that liberal arts earnings trajectories positively compare to our peers with professional, engineering, and physical science degrees.
And then a little insight from one of our alumni:
“Communication Studies helped me tremendously with my current career. It taught me public speaking skills, relationship building, conflict resolution, self-awareness, confidence, public relations, knowledge of diversity and current critical issues, as well as how to analyze situations, think critically, and pay attention to the details (language, rhetoric, history, stakeholders, etc). I use all of this in my work everyday as I interact with campus partners, prospective students and families, correspond via email, plan and implement large-scale events, supervise staff, and build campus partnerships.”
– Bailey Weber, B.A. ‘ 12
What will I study?
Your Communication Studies coursework will encompass many facets of oral, written, nonverbal, visual, electronic, and computer-mediated communication. The curriculum includes coursework from three areas of study: rhetoric and civic engagement, visual and media culture, and relational and organizational studies. The major also requires courses in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and history, as well as a minor/second major/or interdisciplinary certificate.
What can I do with a degree in Communication Studies?
Our alumni have pursued an impressive range of careers in law, public affairs, marketing, real estate, higher education and academia, business development, human resources, corporate and nonprofit communications, public health, community development, video editing, journalism – and that’s just the beginning. You will graduate with skills that employers across many professions value at a premium. In fact, communication skills populate many of the top 10 skills that employers seek: the ability to work in a team, the ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization, the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, and the ability to create and/or edit written reports. Even if you don’t know what career you want to pursue at the start of your undergraduate studies, there are several ways to discover your future path while at CSU, such as designing an internship; getting involved in campus and department activities; finding an alumni mentor; and, never settling for less than 100 percent from yourself.
Who are my professors?
Courses are taught by award-winning faculty who are committed to teaching, scholarship and outreach. Faculty inspire students to discover their inner voices and expand their horizons while bringing passion for scholarship mixed with fun to the classroom. See this in action by watching videos that showcase CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher Award winners, 2012 recipient Dr. Eric Aoki, and 2011 recipient Dr. Greg Dickinson. Other awards our faculty have won include the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award; Residence Hall Favorite Teacher Award; Honors Professor; State Board of Agriculture Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award; Cermak Award for Outstanding Adviser in the Liberal Arts; Cermak Award for Outstanding Graduate Adviser; Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Liberal Arts; and Eddy Professor.
Some courses, such as Communication and Popular Culture, Group Communication, and Nonverbal Communication, are taught by special faculty who hold doctorate degrees but are not on a tenure track within the department.
Almost every section of SPCM 200 – Public Speaking is taught by first and second year graduate students who receive rigorous and structured training.