By enrolling in the Communication bachelor's degree program you will engage with fellow students who are keenly interested in understanding more about how we use language in a variety of specific social contexts: the Environment, Healthcare and Business/Nonprofit.
Coordinating our actions with others can be challenging and this degree will enhance your communication skills. By working in diverse small and large groups, making presentations, and using a variety of channels – from face-to-face to telephone, email to internet – you will become prepared to take responsibility for interactions within your community and the workplace of your choosing.
All courses focus on cultural communication and take a language and social interaction perspective. The foundational courses give students background in communication theory and practice and the upper division courses demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary studies within the three areas of emphasis: environment, health and business/nonprofit.
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Major career opportunities include environmental advocacy, nonprofit and business management, and health services.
Additional employment avenues include: mediation, counseling, public affairs, government, entrepreneurship, sales, community relations, employee relations, teaching, training, consulting, event planning, media entertainment, law, international relations, social and human services, advertising, journalism, marketing, and public relations.
Program Learning OutcomesAfter having completed the requirements for the degree, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective collaboration skills with others in one-on-one and small/large group settings, and with audiences of diverse memberships;
- Identify an optimal means to communicate depending upon the audience, situation and by understanding the relevance, limitations and effectiveness of different communication technologies and medium.
- Analyze messages critically for content, purpose, organization, argument, style and meaning;
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze and create solutions to interpersonal, organizational, and community conflict;
- Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication; and
- Differentiate ethical dimensions of health, environmental or organizational messages and estimate their impact upon a given community.
To learn more about the discipline of Communication, visit our professional societies:
National Communication Association www.natcom.org
International Communication Association www.icahdq.org
Association for Business Communication http://www.businesscommunication.org/
Environmental Communication Network http://www.esf.edu/ecn/
Western States Communication Association http://www.westcomm.org/
Terry Ballman, Ph.D.
Bell Tower West 1245
Tracylee Clarke, Ph.D.
Bell Tower East 2834