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Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Communication Studies Major

Communication Studies courses give students a foundation in communication theories and their interrelated contexts, the application of theories to contemporary issues and the scholarly methods of studying communication. The Communication Studies major has a three-fold function: First, it allows students a greater understanding of the role that communication plays in shaping culture and identity. Second, it looks at the ways in which the process of meaning-making (whether through the use of words, images, symbols or technology) is used strategically to influence human judgment and actions. Third, it sharpens students’ critical thinking abilities, thus enabling them to become ethical producers and consumers of messages. This threefold function is accomplished through a theoretical and practical focus on argument development and through a close examination of the ways ideas are discussed, advocated and circulated in public and private life. These emphases give students the opportunity to develop speaking, writing and analytical thinking skills that will allow them to become better ethical participants in the process of creating, critiquing and disseminating meaning.

Graduates with majors in Communication Studies have gone on to graduate school or careers in the public sector, private industry, non-governmental organizations and education. Communication Studies alumni work in areas such as public affairs, corporate relations, law, religion, sales, lobbying, entertainment, human resources, conference and meeting management, training and development, health communication, teaching and consulting.

Degree Requirements

All major requirements must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The Pass grading option is not available for courses applicable toward the major.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Option

Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree by completing the intermediate (202) level of a foreign language.

Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies
Media Center, Room 114 (map)
Mailing address: 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252
Phone: 410-704-3431
Fax: 410-704-3656

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