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Major in Communication Studies

A communication studies major from Elmhurst will give you the skills and experience you need to succeed in advertising, public relations, journalism, education, law and countless other fields.

During your coursework in communications, you might do an internship with WGN, CLTV or another Chicago-area organization, or work in the on-campus radio station.

The major in communication studies is specially tailored for students who are interested in exploring the relationship between theory and practice in and across a variety of communication-related contexts. This major is also recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate degrees in communication studies.

A major in communication studies requires the following courses:

Required Core Courses
COM 114 Interpersonal Communication
COM 213 Public Speaking
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
COM 316 Communication Theory
COM 319 Business and Professional Communication
COM 490 Senior Seminar: Topics in Communication or COM 498 Internship Capstone

With the assistance of their academic advisor, students will select appropriate courses from the following groups of course offerings:

One course from:
COM 211 Survey of Mass Communication
COM 217 Principles of Interviewing
COM 218 Nonverbal Communication and Effective Listening
COM 220 Introduction to Organizational Communication

Five courses from:
COM 311 Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
COM 312 Small Group Communication
COM 317 Persuasive Communication
COM 318 Gender and Communication
COM 320 Organizational Communication
COM 322 Conflict Management
COM 323 Family Communication
COM 325 Oral Interpretation
COM 326 Health Communication
COM 331 Language, Identity and the Rainbow
COM 353 Special Topics in Communication Studies
COM 413 Advanced Public Speaking
COM 419 Business and Professional Communication in Online Contexts
COM 420 Ethics and Critical Issues in Communication
COM 468 Internship or COM 492 Independent Study

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