Communication Studies (B.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Department Contacts

Dr. Kara Shultz, Chair
1102 McCormick Center
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 389-4184
Fax: (570) 389-3516
Department Website

Students who major in communication studies learn how communication functions in social and professional contexts. Among careers pursued by Communication Studies majors after graduation are speech writing, employee training, sales management, public information, development, technical writing, campaign direction, lobbying and negotiations. Students may focus their study in one of three functional areas:

Interpersonal Relationship Management focuses on the importance of communication in human relationships. You'll develop competencies to explore human interactions, assess barriers to communication in relationships and acquire communication skills necessary for successful personal and professional development. Study in this area prepares you for careers in social and human services such as counseling, public administration, health service management and the ministry.

You'll take courses in public speaking, investigating communication, interpersonal and intercultural communication, communication theory, communication and confluct, gender issues, family and relationship communication, leadership and team building, and a capstone internship. You'll work with your advisor to tailor a dozen elective courses and general education requirements to prepare you for specific interests and career goals.

Leadership and Social Influence focuses on the importance of communication in a democratic society. You'll develop competencies that allow them to understand the public deliberative process, to assess and create messages and to enhance their leadership skills. Study in this area prepares you for careers in government, law, public information, speechwriting, lobbying, campaign direction or elected office.

You'll take courses in public speaking, investigating communication, interpersonal and intercultural communication, understanding social influence, argumentation, persuasion, community leadership, issue and image campaigns, evaluating media influence, and a capstone internship. With your advisor's help, you'll organize elective courses and general education requirements to prepare you for your specific career objectives..

Organizational Communication focuses on the importance of communication in business and professional settings. You'll develop competencies to understand communication in professional organizations, develop professional communication skills and to train others to communicate effectively in professional settings. Study in this area prepares you for careers in personnel management, sales, executive management, industrial and labor relations, employee training or as a development officer.

In addition to courses in public speaking, investigating communication, interpersonal and intercultural communication, you'll study organizational communication theory, interviewing, corporate communications, computer applications for professional communicators, communication training and finish with an internship in communication studies. General education requirements and a dozen free electives, tailored for your specific direction, is the product of working closely with your advisor.

Internships in advertising and public relations, business, education, government, non-profits, mass media, health care, religious organizations, travel and tourism, and the performing arts.

Faculty

The department's 12 full-time faculty bring a wide range of interests and expertise to the classroom, are accessible outside of class, and serve as your academic advisors. You'll find their office hours are convenient to continuing that classroom discussion, get mentor-style counsel, and help you toward a useful degree.

Student organizations

Forensics Society competes locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and they help to organize tournaments sponsored by Bloomsburg University. Students from all majors are welcome to join the forensics team to improve self-confidence, competence in research, knowledge of current events, appreciation of literature, and public presentation skills.

National Communication Association Student Chapter (NCASC) is a national professional organization for communication scholars and individuals whose jobs or career goals are related to communication. The student chapter offers monthly meetings that feature professionals who discuss topics such as interviewing, internships, rsum writing, career development, and graduate school.

Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for communication studies students, recognizes, foster sand rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.

Toastmasters - The chapter at Bloomsburg University of this international organization is for students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. Toastmasters helps people become better listeners, teaches how to lead teams and conduct meetings, and how to comfortably give and receive constructive evaluation.

The Bloomsburg Players is the theater division's co-curricular production and support organization. Membership includes majors and minors, students with professional ambition, as well as those who share a love of the art and process of theater.