What is Communication Studies at WVU like?
Communication Studies is all about understanding the processes of how we stimulate meaning in the minds of others to meet our many personal, professional and social goals — be it trying to seek information, form relationships, engage in persuasive communication or simply to entertain ourselves and each other.
A degree in Communication Studies opens doors to allow you to be successful in just about any career, from healthcare to human resources, from sales to social media, from image management to promotions. The curriculum will make you even more attractive to potential employers or graduate programs.
Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
Prepares students for health-related fields by focusing on communication over the lifespan, health campaigns, mediated communication and persuasion. Students learn how to effectively design and evaluate health messages to be communicated internally, organizationally and within the community.
General communication education. Degree program can be tailored to student’s interest with the help of an adviser.
Students will develop skills that will allow them to investigate, identify and enact effect behaviors in personal relationships, such as family, coworkers, small group, friends and romantic partnerships.
Social Media and Communication Technology
Students will gain expertise in the emerging role of social networking and social media in human communication for interpersonal, instructional, organizational and strategic contexts.
Students will build an understanding of organizational communication, social media, small group dynamics, persuasion and communication campaigns.