Communication Studies

What is Communication Studies?

Communication Studies examines the ways in which humans interact through the use of symbols: verbal, non-verbal, and visual. This examination includes the critical study of communication behavior among humans as well as providing practical experience in the crafting and presentation of messages.

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Communication Studies at Western

Within our department we offer courses from various areas within the field: Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Rhetoric, Media Studies, Communication Technology, and other special topics that arise addressing contemporary developments and faculty research.

The Communication Studies program at Western offers a broad approach for students allowing them to explore many facets of the discipline from the applied to the theoretical. The department has a portfolio application process to become a major that ensures students are capable and focused on the content so that the in-class experience is enriched.

Western’s Communications Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Related Courses

COMM 225 - Communication, Diversity and Controversy 

COMM 240 - Media Studies 

COMM 425 - Issues in Intercultural Communication

COMM 442 - Video Workshop

Research, Internships, and Clubs

The Communications Studies program has a strong sense of community within Western. Students in the program have opportunities to forge meaningful relationships with faculty and other students. A number of Communications students present their research at local, regional, and national conferences every year.

Additionally, the department's commitment to community partnerships opens doors to a variety of interesting and relevant service learning and internship opportunities. 

Students are encouraged to get involved with the Communication Club, and Debate Team.

I conducted research on Western's undergraduate population, and ended up with a 1,200-student sample to take an online survey I constructed.

My paper was accepted to the Northwest Communication Association conference, and I was sent by the Communication Studies department to present my findings in Idaho and at Scholar's Week.

Courtney Hook
Communication Studies Major

What can you do with Communication Studies?

Communication Studies majors have some of the most wide open prospects for employment of any major on campus. Our students are prepared to work in any field by being able to dynamically process information and be able to communicate it to audiences. Consistently, the ability to communicate effectively and work in teams is one of the highest priorities of those seeking to hire no matter the job, skills uniquely developed in our major. In addition, as a preparation for graduate school a number of our majors have presented at regional and national conferences whereupon many of our students have found placement in a variety of graduate programs across the nation.

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Alaska Airlines 
  • Bureau of Education and Research 
  • Campus Point 
  • Comcast Arena
  • KCPQ-TV Q13 Fox
  • Microsoft
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Mount Vernon School District
  • SPIE: International Society for Optics and Photonics

Communication Studies careers

  • Consumer Affairs Specialist 
  • Personnel Specialist 
  • Public Relations Specialist 
  • Promotions Manager 
  • Recruiter 
  • Mediator 
  • Training and Development Specialist 
  • Bank Officer 
  • Real Estate Agent

The tools I learned in my Communications classes landed me a Social Media internship, which became a full-time job after my employer created a new position for me specifically! I literally could not believe it. It was such a humbling feeling – like all my hard work had finally paid off.

Emily Power
Communication Studies Major

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