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Click below for more information on the six most popularly pursued career industries from communication studies graduates.

Business

 

Careers:  Event Planner, Project Coordinator, Sales Representative, Human Resources, Research, Analyst, Business Development Coordinator, Client Relations Specialist, Social Media Manager, Fashion Sales Representative, Financial Advisor, Hospital Administrator, Organizational Development consultant, Operations Analyst, Recruiting Specialist, Talent Agent, Training and Development Specialist.  

Track:  Organizational Communication

Classes:  Interpersonal Communication (COMM 322), Small Group Communication (COMM 326), Business and Professional Speaking (COMM 311) ALSO: Professional Interviewing (COMM 328), Communication and Leadership (COMM 535), Negotiation and Communication (COMM 537), Theories of Organizational Communication (COMM 425), Nonverbal Communication (COMM 323) 

Job Skills:  Written and verbal communication, strategic thinking, adapting information to a wide audience, critical thinking and problem-solving  ALSO:  Leadership, negotiation, interviewing skills, project management, customer service skills, training and development.  

 

Non-Profit

 

Careers: Volunteer Coordinator, Arts Administrator, Programs & Events Coordinator, Research Analyst, Grant Specialist, Hospital Administrator, Community Service Project Coordinator, Member Services Representative, Child Care Worker, Counseling Services, Pastor or Minister, Social Worker, Director of Special Initiatives, Fundraising Manager, Community Outreach Coordinator. 

Track: Relational OR Organizational Communication  

Classes: Interpersonal Communication (COMM 322), Small Group Communication (COMM 326). Business and Professional Speaking (COMM 311) ALSO: Intercultural Communication (COMM 480), Relational Communication (COMM 542), Theories of Organizational Communication (COMM 425), Negotiation and Communication (COMM 537), Communication and Democracy (COMM 545). 

Job Skills: Written and verbal communication, strategic communication, adapting information to a wide audience, critical thinking and problem solving, grant-writing, coordination (volunteer and events/programs), fundraising, research skills. 

 

Public Relations | Marketing 

 

Careers: Marketing Coordinator, Advertising Coordinator, Social Media Manager, Communications & Marketing Specialist, Event Coordinator, Public Opinion Researcher, Media Editor, Journalist. 

Track: Relational Communication 

Classes: Interpersonal Communication (COMM 320), Small Group Communication (COMM 326). Business and Professional Speaking (COMM 311)  ALSO: Communication and Technology (COMM 332), Intercultural Communication (COMM 480), Negotiation and Communication (COMM 537), Persuasion (COMM 526), Rhetoric in Western Thought (COMM 330), Critisicm of Public Discourse (COMM 431), Relational Communication (COMM 542). 

Job Skills: Written and verbal communication, strategic communication, adapting information to a wide audience, critical thinking and problem solving, understanding of social media, creativity.

 

Government

 

Careers: City Manager, Community Affairs, Campaign Manager, Legislative Assistant, Public Information, Researcher, Lobbyist, Program Administrator, Social Services Worker, Foreign Services Worker, Legislative/Executive/Judicial Services, Speech Writer. 

Track: Political Communication 

Classes: Interpersonal Communication (COMM 322), Small Group Communication (COMM 326). Business and Professional Speaking (COMM 311) ALSO: Intercultural Communication (COMM 480), Negotiation and Communication (COMM 537), Persuasion (COMM 526), Rhetoric in Western Thought (COMM 330), Criticism of Public Discourse (COMM 431), Freedom of Speech (COMM 430), Argumentation and Debate (COMM 325), Communication and Democracy (COMM 545), Communication and Leadership (COMM 535), Political Communication (COMM 435). 

Job Skills: Written and verbal communication, strategic communication, adapting information to a wide audience, critical thinking and problem solving, research skills, civic discourse skills, leadership, negotiation, teamwork. 

 

Higher Education

 

Careers: Graduate Student, Teacher/Professor, Counselor, Researcher, Librarian, School Administrator, Alumni Relations Coordinator, Director of Student Life, Study Abroad Coordinator, Debate or Forensics Coach.  

Track: Organizational, Relational, Political, or Legal Communication 

Classes: Interpersonal Communication (COMM 322), Small Group Communication (COMM 326). Business and Professional Speaking (COMM 311),  ALSO: Communication Research Methods (COMM 433), Intercultural Communication (COMM 480),  Rhetoric in Western Thought (COMM 330), Criticism of Public Discourse (COMM 431), Communication and Leadership (COMM 535), Theories of Organizational Communication (COMM 425), Relational Communication (COMM 542), Political Communication (COMM 435), Legal Communication (COMM 475). 

Job Skills: Written and verbal communication, strategic communication, adapting information to a wide audience, critical thinking and problem solving, research skills, teaching skills, administration, time and resource management, networking. 

 

Law

 

Careers: Lobbyist, Speech Writer, Lawyer, Paralegal, Attorney, Politician. 

Track: Legal Communication 

Classes:  Interpersonal Communication (COMM 322), Small Group Communication (COMM 326). Business and Professional Speaking (COMM 311),  ALSO: Persuasion (COMM 526), Rhetoric in Western Thought (COMM 330), Negotiation and Communication (COMM 537), Criticism of Public Discourse (COMM 431), Freedom of Speech (COMM 430), Argumentation and Debate (COMM 325), Communication and Democracy (COMM 545), Legal Communication (COMM 475).  

Job Skills: Written and verbal communication, strategic communication, adapting information to a wide audience, critical thinking and problem solving, research skills, civic discourse skills, negotiation, logical reasoning, problem-solving, persuasion.  

Why Communication Studies?

Quick Facts

Degrees:  Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science
Areas of Study:

Political Communication

Organizational Communication

Legal Communciation

Relational Communication

Scholarships:

Department Scholarships

K-State Scholarships

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