Mass Communication & Communication Studies

What can I do with this discipline/major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for advertisingcommunication studies,  journalism, and public relations.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Actor
  • Announcer
  • Judges, Mediators, and Hearing Officers
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Public Relations Managers and Specialists
  • Reporters, Correspondents and Broadcast News Analysts
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Social Worker
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Travel Agents
  • Writers and Authors

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information, email TU Advertising and Strategic Public Relations Internship Coordinator; , TU Communication Studies Internship Coordinator; or  TU Journalism and News Media Internship Coordinator. 

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Communication Studies Resume (PDF) Sample Resume Reel 1 (Video), Sample Resume Reel 2 (Video)Sample Resume Reel 3 (Professional Website Sample), in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

interview questions

Mass Communication Related Questions
  • What kind of media interests you the most? Why?
  • What kind of experience do you have in public speaking? How confident are you in your public speaking abilities?
  • Can you please tell me about your experience with the development of public relations materials and communications tools like newsletters or brochures?
  • What knowledge and/or experience do you have in working with the media, including monitoring media coverage and preparing press kits and media pitches?
  • Give us an example of a recent advertising campaign that you thought was effective.
  • Why do you think it was effective?
  • What was the most difficult situation you have been in when responding to media and public inquiries. What made it difficult? How did you handle it?
  • Who is your favorite journalist and why?
  • Describe your writing style.
  • What books/magazines/newspapers do you read?
  • What ideas do you have for feature stories for our publications?
  • How will you find and pursue leads for stories?
Communication Studies Related Questions
  • Describe your communication style.
  • What course prepared you the most for this position? How?
  • What knowledge and/or experience do you have in working with the media, including monitoring media coverage and preparing press kits and media pitches?
  • Tell us about a situation where you demonstrated good communication skills.
  • What does communication studies mean to you?
  • Give an example of a time you resolved a conflict, either between you and someone else or between two other individuals.
  • How do you motivate yourself to complete unpleasant assignments?
  • Tell us about a team project you worked on. What was your role? What role do you typically plan on a team?
  • Describe your presentation skills and experience.
  • In what instances is written communication better than verbal communication?
  • Describe your writing style and experience.
  • Describe your event planning experience. Give an example of a time you had to juggle multiple priorities or interests while planning an event.

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.