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Communication Studies - A.B.

About this 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.

Communications Degree

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. 

The Olive M. Cone Scholarship

Established by Mr. L. W. Cone of Crawford, GA, in honor of his wife, Olive M. Cone, the Cone Scholarship recognizes the outstanding achievement of a Communication Studies major with a tuition scholarship for the fall semester. All majors are eligible to apply regardless of religious affiliation. 

More Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

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  • 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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Global Spectrum Global L.E.A.D.
Sam Adams Habitat for Humanity
CLASSå Liberty Mutual
Leasing Lockheed Martin
Post Properties Lowe’s
Geico McKesson
The Ivy Buckhead Mendes & Mount Law Firm
United Way Momentum Business Solutions
E-Higher OmniPoint
Disney Corporation OneSource Healthcare
Agnes Scott College Scotland Wright Associates
Albany Herald Southern Pipe and Supply
American Cancer Society Renda Broadcasting
Axiom Teach for America
Centers for Disease Control The Weekly Planet
CNN United Way
Coca-Cola Company Universal Music Group
Delta Airlines University of Pennsylvania
Emory Healthcare University of Wisconsin
Engauge Utah Jazz
Enterprise Rent-a-Car Wachovia
Evening Post Publishing Walt Disney Company
Food Bank of NEGA WNCG Radio
Georgia Baptist Healthcare World Travel Partners
Georgia Farm Bureau Young Life
Georgia Pacific Liberty Mutual
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. More research information here.

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