Communication Studies Major

The communication studies major in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University is designed to give you a background in communication while providing the opportunity to learn about media, public relations, and organizational communication, among other elements of the discipline. Depending on your interests and the elective courses you choose to take, as well as additional majors and/or minors, you may pursue a wide range of career options.

Benefits of the program

The communication studies major equips you with the following skills:

  • Influence of media and strategy
  • Team building
  • Decision-making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication ethics
  • Interactive media
  • Communication Theory
  • Leadership communication
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Public speaking
  • Group communication
  • Event planning
  • Public relations
  • Methods of persuasion
  • Organizational analysis
  • News, public affairs and society
  • Intercultural communication
  • Gender and communication

Major requirements

Current requirements for the communication studies major:

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Declare as a major

If you are not currently in School of Communication and would like to switch to a communication studies major, please meet with the School of Communication academic advisor.

You may declare a communication studies major online when you have completed the pre-communication courses for your catalog year and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. If you have questions about the declaration form or your requirements, please contact the School of Communication academic advisor.

Declare this as your major