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Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies offers a curriculum to meet the needs of liberal arts and pre-professional students oriented toward communication-related careers such as marketing, sales, recruiting, public relations, strategic communication and market research, among many others. The undergraduate curriculum focuses on the application of theory and research in human communication to a variety of personal social and organizational settings. Majors may elect to follow one of five areas of emphasis (health, integrated, interpersonal, social and media and communication technology, or strategic and communication organizational communication). All majors complete a capstone sequence that integrates academic course work and applies course material to real-world experience.

Career Profile

Because communication studies teaches students the skills that are in high demand by today’s employers, the major offers excellent preparation for a number of career paths. Students become adept at communicating across through types of media, conducting research, evaluating information and working collaboratively — all assets in a variety of business, government, education and nonprofit workplaces. Students who major in communication studies also have the option of going on to graduate or professional school after their bachelor’s degree is completed.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

WVUE 191 First Year Seminar SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish 1 STAT 111 Understanding Statistics PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology HIST 152 Growth of the American Nation to 1865

Senior Year

COMM 303 Business and Professional Communication COMM 403 Capstone Seminar RELG 219 The History of Christianity COMM 408 Advanced Study in Nonverbal Communication SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish 2

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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