You’re already a communicator. You text, photograph, stream, chat, talk, and listen. How can you do each more effectively? How can you turn them into marketable skills? Employers in every sector say the top skills they are looking for in new employees are: competent and confident speaking, skilled and detail-oriented writing, and excellent leadership in team environments.
Communication skills and understanding are vital in every part of your personal and professional life. Advertising, journalism, and public relations are the more obvious careers associated with a communication degree, but the skills you’ll develop in this program will make you better at learning to create shared meaning, and that’s essential to success in every career imaginable. Whether you’re chasing down a story, managing a business, running for office, or heading off to graduate school, being a more effective communicator provides you with an edge.
Carroll University’s communication program will help you develop your writing, speaking, research, and intercultural communication skills. You’ll gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience through coursework, internships, and opportunities to participate in campus organizations. Your education in these core skills will make you a more effective writer, speaker, and leader.
You may choose to focus your studies in one of three areas: journalism, public relations, or relational communication. You can also have a pre-physical therapy emphasis while completing the communication major—you’ll work with your advisor to fill out your interests with health communication and other courses. Furthermore, many students complement their communication major with a second major, and most are able to do it within four years. Double majors in business, graphic communication, psychology, and theater arts are common.
The flexibility of the communication major allows students the opportunity to study abroad during their junior year in countries such as England, Hong Kong, and Belgium. In addition, the communication program offers cross-cultural experience classes both domestically and internationally which fulfill the university’s immersion requirement. Departmental offerings include a three-week intercultural communication class in Thailand and a two-week tour of Appalachia to discover the cultural distinctiveness of this region of the U.S.
While all communication majors take the same four core courses, the following tracks are groupings of suggested courses based on career aspirations. In addition to the major, Carroll also offers communication minors that complement many areas of study.
Public Relations Track
Relational Communication Track
Liberal Arts Communication Minor