Communication Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Letters

Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room 202


About the Program

The mission of the Department of Communication Studies is to prepare students for civic participation in an increasingly complex world that requires sophisticated practical, critical, and theoretical understandings of human communication.

The department offers coursework and degree programs that focus on the history, theory, and critical evaluation of human and mediated communication.

Communication majors secure employment in a variety of fields after graduation including journalism, sales, advertising, public relations, media development, community advocates and broadcasting.

Some graduates pursue advanced degrees at the masters or doctoral level. The department offers a Minor in Communication Studies to students majoring in other disciplines.

Four concentrations are available to students majoring in Communication Studies: Broadcasting, Media Studies, Speech Communication and Public Relations. Students may also choose to minor in Communication Studies. Students may also take a double concentration.

Is communication studies a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Public relations specialist
  • Advertising executive
  • Media developer
  • Broadcaster
  • Journalist
  • Speech writer
  • Public affairs specialist
  • Government official
  • Media critic
  • Sales representative
  • Community Advocate
  • Social Media Specialist

Are you interested in...

  • Communicating persuasively
  • Gathering information, preparing stories and informing the public
  • Becoming a public figure

Choose Communication Studies at ESU

  • Theoretical and critical analyses
  •  Practical field experiences
  • Student clubs
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Frequent faculty interactions

Internship Opportunities

  • The Communication Studies Department’s Internship Program is designed to provide students with real-life working experiences related to the field of communication.
  • Internships are considered essential in the areas of broadcasting and public relations, but are also helpful in the areas of Media Studies and Speech Communication

Student Clubs

  • WESS Radio (90.3 FM) 2014 MTV Winner as "best college station in the country"
  • PRSSA Chapter (Public Relations Student Society of America)

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