This major definitely isn’t one you haven’t heard of before – but does anyone really know what majoring in communication studies means? Or to take it a step further, does anyone know what we do in the major? If you’re curious, or you’re considering the major, keep reading!
Here’s a definition for the major from UCLA (my school’s communication studies department is remodeling their website haha): It [communication studies] seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol systems by which it functions, the environments in which it occurs, its media, and its effects.
In simpler terms, we study communication, why people communicate the way they do, how to fix communication errors, how people communicate in the first place and the outcomes. At my university, they offer students a track in this field with the options of Rhetoric & Public Communication, Intercultural & Interpersonal Communication, or Media & Public Relations.
I’m headed into the media & public relations track, and a majority of students in my major head down that path in the hopes on getting involved in the journalism world. If you want to major in communication studies, here’s some quick tips:
DON’T MAJOR IN IT BECAUSE YOU HEARD IT WAS A BREEZE
First and foremost, communication studies is not math, engineering or anything like that. You got me with that one. But that doesn’t mean that you can just grab a B.A. in Communication Studies. Nope. This major may not be dealing with lots of problems and technical issues, but you are dealing with plenty of theories and research. Those two alone result in so much content and plenty of papers. But it’s worth it, because many of the theories in communication studies are interesting. We watch Everybody Loves Raymond clips for examples in class for god’s sake. Kayla from Kayla Blogs has a pretty awesome post about “easy majors” here.
JOIN CLUBS WITHIN THE RANGE OF THAT MAJOR
Whether it’s a public relations club, speech and forensics team, tv club or the school newspaper – you’d better be ready to jump in! Outside of the classroom, majoring in communications is a fun experience!
GET READY FOR INTERNSHIPS
Most companies won’t hire a recent college graduate from any major if they haven’t interned (or participated in any gig close to it) at least once in their college career. But a communications major is trained to see internships on the horizon as early as sophomore year. If you are heading into media and public relations, interning at radio and tv stations or PR firms will be your ticket to that first job in your dream field. It can also get you some connections!
Now I guess you’re wondering what kinds of jobs you can actually get with this degree after college? Here’s a preview of the hundreds of jobs that are possible with this major.
And as far as graduate school goes for this major.. that’s up to you! It’s always nice to build on your education, but with a bachelor’s degree & plenty of gained experience – you can climb to the top with a communication studies degree!
Hope this helped anybody thinking about this wonderful major! Any questions about what me and this major, or the major in general? Leave a comment!