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Communication Studies

We prepare skillful communicators at both the theoretical and applied levels. Choose from four areas of emphasis (health, interpersonal or strategic/organization communication and social media and communication technology) — or complete the integrated communication track for a more general focus.

Description

What is Communication Studies at WVU like?

Description

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.

At a Glance

Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Health Communication
    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.
  • Integrated Communication
    General communication education. Degree program can be tailored to student’s interest with the help of an adviser.
  • Interpersonal Communication
    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.
  • Strategic/Organizational Communication
    Students will build an understanding of organizational communication, social media, small group dynamics, persuasion and communication campaigns.

Opportunities

What makes Communication Studies at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

The Department of Communication Studies offers a nine-week, nine-credit-hour study abroad program in Germany — the Summer Program in Communication Studies at Erfurt, or SPICE.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Student Organizations

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Careers

What can you do with a degree in Communication Studies?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Communication Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Communication Studies at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Communication Studies major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

COMM 300:
Interpersonal Communication Theory

Analysis of interpersonal communication theories, frameworks, and/or perspectives from a social scientific approach.

COMM 307:
Life-Span Communication

Development of communication from birth through adulthood to later years; study of media, interpersonal relationships, and competence in communication. This course is not open to freshmen.

COMM 308:
Nonverbal Communication

An examination of the effects of human nonverbal behavior on human communication. Emphasis on specific nonverbal behaviors including touch, time, environmental contexts, physical appearance cues, and social communication cues. This course is not open to freshmen.

COMM 316:
Intercultural Communication

Examines similarities and differences between cultures with regard to norms, values, and practices in verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis on communication in Latin America, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern cultures. This course is not open to freshmen.

COMM 425:
Computer Mediated Communications

Explores the relationships between CMC and various aspects of human activity. Investigates established and emerging CMC-based social, cultural, organizational, and instructional activities.

Cost

How much does Communication Studies at WVU cost?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $403
Per Semester $4,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,672
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,140
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,280
International
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,440
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,880
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Communication Studies has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Communication Studies at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Communication Studies major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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