About The Major

A major in Communication Studies focuses on interpersonal communication, small group interactions, organizational communication, and public communication. As a Communication Studies major, you will learn how to relate to individuals, groups, and the importance of clearly expressing oneself to others through various forms of media is also emphasized. The major is designed to provide you with a broad-based liberal arts education and develop transferable skills that are valued by many employers.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: research, public speaking, problem solving, writing, and intrapersonal communication (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).

Complementing Interests




Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Communication research methods
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Intro to acting
  • Organizational communication
  • Mass media
  • Arugmentation & debate
  • Research experience

Possible Careers

  • Human resource specialist 
  • Fundraiser
  • Marketing specialist
  • Recruiter
  • Sales coordinator
  • Social media manager
  • Training/development specialist

Where Could I Work?

  • Education
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • IU Health
  • Public relations
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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