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 in the areas of broadcasting, speech communication, media studies, and public relations.
Communication majors secure employment in a variety of fields after graduation including journalism, sales, advertising, public relations, media development, 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.
Several options are available to students majoring in Communication Studies. Four tracks are offered: Broadcasting, Media Studies, Speech Communication and Public Relations. Students may also choose to minor in Communication Studies.
Is communication studies a career path for me?
- Public relations specialist
- Advertising executive
- Media developer
- Speech writer
- Public affairs specialist
- Government official
- Media critic
- Sales representative
More detailed career information is available from the department and from the department website: www.esu.edu/cmst.
Are you interested in...
- Communicating persuasively
- Analyzing data
- Gathering information, preparing stories and informing the public
- Becoming a public figure
Choose Communication Studies at ESU
- Small class sizes
- Practical field experiences
- Qualified, experienced faculty
- Frequent faculty interactions
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Communication Studies Minor
Required courses: CMST 111, 126, and 250, and nine semester hours of CMST coursework (at least 6 semester hours at the 300-400 level). Selection of these courses is done after consultation with a Communication Studies faculty member.
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 preparing students for many other communication areas, including graduate school.
The broadcasting track requires students to take a three-credit internship (CMST 486), but students in the other tracks are also encouraged to apply.