Communication Studies

Undergraduate
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Bachelor of Arts

Program Details

Knowing how to reach the right audience with the right message is crucial in today’s highly connected world. As a communications studies major, you’ll explore how to bring people 而且 organizations together through effective writing, public speaking, interpersonal communication 而且 more.

Courses in the communications studies major range from social media strategy to conflict management 而且 are meant to prepare students for a variety of meaningful careers in sales, event planning, human resources, corporate communications, promotions, marketing communications, industrial relations, training or management.

Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, 俄亥俄州, is nationally recognized as a top university by U.S. 新闻 & World Report, The Princeton Review 而且 《pp电子平台》. 98 percent of our students, including those in the communication studies major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Communication Studies major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration 而且 advising information.

秋天

  • Core 101: GOA............ 0cr.
  • Comm 101 (OC Flag) or Comm 123............ 3cr.
  • English Composition or Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111 Theological Fundations............ 3cr.
  • Math 105 (Math at placement level) or Math 116 (Math Perspectives)............ 3cr.

春天

  • Core 102: GOA............ 0cr.
  • Comm 101(OC Flag) or Comm 123............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar of Theo 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.

秋天

  • Communications Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag............ 3cr.

春天

  • Communication 206: Writing Flag............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Literature & the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • 神学 Perspective (Theo 200+)............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.

秋天

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Flag (Comm 323, 324 or other)............ 3cr.
  • E/R & Focus Flag (Comm 477)............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

春天

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

秋天

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

春天

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging 而且 personal. Here are some courses that are part of the communication studies major at Xavier:

Organizational Communication (COMM 260) - Organization theories 而且 key concepts provide the framework for addressing contemporary communication issues 而且 how these issues affect individual, 集团, 而且 organization performance 而且 effectiveness.

Persuasion (COMM 264) - Teaches consumers of information how to analyze, respond to, 而且 generate persuasive messages. A variety of organizational contexts are examined, including politics, 业务, 宗教, 而且 advertising.

Interpersonal Conflict Management (COMM 327) - Learn processes related to the nature of conflict, 而且 how to evaluate various conflict styles. Explore how to resolve conflict by examining 而且 applying conflict management styles in organizational contexts 而且 evaluate the success of those methods.

高级 Seminar (COMM 469) - Integrate concepts 而且 experiences throughout the Communication Studies major 而且 liberal arts core to develop an original project for a real-world client with deliverables that are suitable for student portfolios.

Student Clubs

The following clubs are popular choices for students in the communication studies major. 

电影 & Television Club

Members in this club produce a weekly news broadcast including a sports segment, with the entire show being produced by students.

Public Relations Student Society of America

This club focuses on career building skills such as networking, personal branding, campaign planning, fundraising, event planning, mentoring, 而且 strategic community outreach.

Career Outcomes

98% of Xavier students, including those in the communication studies major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Top Jobs: Communications Specialist, Content Coordinator, Freelance Graphic Designer, Marketing Coordinator, Public Relations Manager, Recruiter, Social Media Marketing Assistant

Top Companies: American Airlines, Edelman, Maxim Healthcare Services, GE Aviation, 新闻 America Marketing

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Cincinnati: A City of Opportunity for Communications Majors

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Cincinnati, 俄亥俄州 features some of the largest companies in 世界, which means students in the communications major have countless opportunities for careers, internships 而且 mentorships at places like Kroger, 宝洁公司 & Gamble 而且 Fifth Third Bancorp. The city is ranked the #1 Best City for College Graduates (smartasset.com) 而且 the #15 Best Place to Start a Career (WalletHub).


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You can learn a lot on campus, but not everything. There’s a world out there, 而且 we’ll help you to explore it. Xavier offers study abroad opportunities of all types: short-term, long-term, direct exchanges 而且 programs sponsored by other providers. You’ll see 而且 do things that will change your life. And you’ll have a lot of fun, too.


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What is Jesuit Education?

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A Xavier education is more than your typical college experience. Drawing on a Jesuit Catholic educational model 400 years in the making, students in the communications major get the personal attention 而且 support they need to succeed 而且 make a difference in 世界. The result is an education that’s as encouraging as it is challenging, 而且 as enriching as it is dem而且ing.


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'Dream of the Details': 神学 而且 Communications Grad Kellie Goff is Making a Difference in Ecuador

Kellie Goff (Communications, 神学, '18) is following her dreams of being a foreign missionary in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador.

Graduate With Honors

Are you looking for an academic challenge? The University Scholars Honors Program offers incoming students a more challenging curriculum 而且 close support from professors while completing their undergraduate degree. Acceptance into the program is highly selective 而且 includes a $2000 travel grant.

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Communication Studies Major at Xavier University

Communications Studies is an academic major with a long 而且 proud tradition at Xavier University. The program, along with all programs within the Department of Communications, helps students underst而且 many aspects of the human communication process. Basic skills in written 而且 spoken communication receive emphasis in all four communication 专业: advertising, communication studies, electronic media, 而且 public relations. In order to complete all requirements for the degree, students should formally declare one of the four departmental 专业 by the end of their freshmen year

Xavier University’s College of Arts 而且 Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated underst而且ing of humanity, 世界, 而且 God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core 而且 departmental curricula. The College of Arts 而且 Sciences is the oldest 而且 largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, 而且 life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, 俄亥俄州, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. 新闻 & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."