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Communication Studies

Major Information

Communication Studies will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of professions. In fact, About Careers  (http://internships.about.com/od/internshipsuccess/a/The-Top-10-Skills-Employers-Want.htm) lists strong  communication skills as the number one skill required to excel in any job. As part of the top ten list of  important skills, About Careers also lists problem solving/thinking/creativity and teamwork. It should come  as no surprise that Communication Studies graduates are prepared to excel in the workplace. A  Communication Studies degree will help you develop skills in oral communication, interpersonal  communication, teamwork (i.e., effective small group communication), analysis (through the criticism of  public communication), flexibility (through adapting messages to a variety of diverse audiences), and written  communication (through both descriptive and critical writing assignments).

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies  
  • Master of Arts in Professional Communication & Leadership 

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Advertising/Public  
  • Relations 
  • Advertising and  
  • Promotions  
  • Manager 
  • Advertising  
  • Copywriter 
  • Consultant 
  • Event Planner 
  • Fundraiser 
  • Graphic Designer 
  • Human Resources  
  • Manager 
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Public Relations  Manager 
  • Public Relations  Specialist 
  • Social Media Manager 
  • Special Events  
  • Coordinator 
  • Technical Director /  Manager
  • Media and Communication Studies 
  • Advertising and  Promotions  
  • Manager 
  • Arbitrator 
  • Art Director (Film,  Radio, TV) 
  • Archivist 
  • Audio/Video  
  • Equipment Technician 
  • Digital Media  Producer 
  • Librarian 
  • Media Manager Newspaper /  Magazine  
  • Journalist 
  • Research Analyst
  • System Analyst
  • Writer, Author,  Editor 

Sample Work Settings

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Boards of Education
  • Communications
  • Agencies
  • Communications
  • Offices
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corporate Settings
  • Digital Media
  • Companies
  • Government
  • Agencies
  • Human Resource
  • Departments
  • Independent
  • Production
  • Companies
  • ICT Start-Ups
  • Lobby Organizations
  • Magazines
  • Marketing
  • Departments
  • News & Information
  • Offices
  • Non-Profit
  • Organizations
  • Photo Agencies
  • Public Relations
  • Firms
  • Publishing
  • Companies
  • Radio, TV, Cable
  • Companies

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

American Association of Advertising Agencies

www.aaaa.org 

American Society of Journalists & Authors

www.asja.org 

Association for Women in Communications

www.womcom.org 

International Association of Business  Communicators 

www.iabc.com 

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

  • Society of Communication Scholars 
  • Society of Professional Journalists 
  • Public Relations Student Society of America Prestige 
  • Theater South 
  • Alpha Psi Omega

Last updated: 7/26/2022