Communication Studies - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

An education in communication studies offers powerful skill sets that go far beyond polishing one's presentation style. These include negotiating conflict, crafting effective arguments and persuasive messages, working constructively within groups, navigating cultural divides, creating effective publicity campaigns, building satisfying personal relationships, and recognizing the channels of communication available to resolve problems. How do roommates or diplomats resolve disagreements? What communication strategies do people use when testifying before a government subcommittee or interviewing for a job? Communication Studies builds these and related high-demand skills.

Interesting Facts: 
The Communication Studies department has a consistently higher job placement rate than the university average.

Academics

What you will learn: 

As a liberal art, communication studies offers a broad understanding of the world beyond specific skills. You will become a more conscientious consumer of the information that confronts us daily. Courses in the major approach a variety of communication environments and how they function, from public to personal. You may learn about the workings of political campaigns or patterns of talk between doctors and patients. You may learn to dissect Malcolm X's speech on "The Ballot or the Bullet" or dig deep into why women and men sometimes talk past one another. You may gain insight into the dynamics that drive communication patterns in dysfunctional families, or you may learn how the system of advertising shapes our daily lives. 

Beyond the Classroom

General Research Information: 

Scholarly inquiry in the field of communication aims to systematically advance knowledge about how humans create, interpret, and respond to messages. Ultimately, our research helps us to understand how and why humans communicate the way they do. Therefore, the research contributions made by students of the Department of Communication Studies are a lasting part of the body of humanistic and social scientific knowledge about communication.

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$50,750
Low Salary: 
$11,700
Median Salary: 
$35,000
Employers: 

 

  • Sam Adams
  • CLASS
  • Leasing
  • Post Properties
  • Geico
  • The Ivy Buckhead
  • United Way
  • E-Higher
  • Disney Corporation
  • Agnes Scott College
  • Albany Herald
  • American Cancer Society
  • Axiom
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • CNN
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Engauge
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Evening Post Publishing
  • Food Bank of NEGA
  • Georgia Baptist Healthcare
  • Georgia Farm Bureau
  • Georgia Pacific

 

  • Global L.E.A.D.
  • Global Spectrum
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lowe’s
  • McKesson
  • Mendes & Mount Law Firm
  • Momentum Business Solutions
  • OmniPoint
  • OneSource Healthcare
  • Scotland Wright Associates
  • Southern Pipe and Supply
  • Renda Broadcasting
  • Teach for America
  • The Weekly Planet
  • United Way
  • Universal Music Group
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Utah Jazz
  • Wachovia
  • Walt Disney Company
  • WNCG Radio
  • World Travel Partners
  • Young Life
  • Liberty Mutual

 

Famous Alumni: 
D.J. Shockley

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback

Jeff Arnold

Founder of WebMd

John Isner

Professional Tennis Player

Jonathan Gibson

Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Penske Performance Inc.

Branden Lane

Development, Media and Community Outreach Specialist, AIDS Atlanta

Louie Perry III

Co-founder, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Kristy B. Sweat

Attorney at Harris, Penn, Lowry

Possible Job Titles: 
  • Case Manager
  • Human Resources Associate
  • Leasing Specialist
  • Management Trainee
  • Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Recruiter
  • Account Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Admissions Representative
  • Assistant Media Planner
  • Assistant Professor
  • Business Analyst
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Consultant
  • Debate Coach
  • Digital Media Planner
  • Editor
  • Event Planner
  • Health Communication Specialist
  • Healthcare Recruiter

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