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The Communication Major

A major in Communication is designed to blend the theoretical and the practical, giving students grounding in the liberal arts tradition and the skills required for employment.  Both historical and modern theories are examined as platform for critical faculties and the skills required to become an effective communicator.  Students are trained in written and oral communication. Special emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate using electronic and digital media.

Learn more about Communication and Digital Media at Carthage

Relevant Coursework

Visual and Media Literacy, Public Speaking, Mass Communication, Multimedia Production
Course requirements for Communication

Skills

  • Following Directions
  • Excellent Verbal Communication
  • Poise
  • Creative Thinking
  • Organizational Skills
  • Work Productively With Others
  • Strong Writing Ability
  • Mediating Disputes

Outlook for Field

Students in communication develop excellent interpersonal communication, group problem solving, creative thinking, and organizational skills making them more competitive in the job market-no matter what career path they pursue.  Employers consistently rank communication as one of the top skills they look for in potential employees.

Employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. The need for good public relations in an increasingly competitive business environment should spur demand for these workers, especially those with specialized knowledge.  Employees who possess additional language capabilities also are in demand.  The emergence of social media in public relations is expected to increase job growth as well.  Employment in public relations firms is expected to grow as firms hire contractors to provide public relations services rather than support more staff.

Salary

Nationally communication majors with bachelor’s degrees reported starting salaries of $34,610 in 2010.  The starting salary for a Public Relations Specialist is $34,000.  

Possible Career Paths

Please note that list includes careers requiring differing degrees of education and training.

  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Clergy
  • Radio Announcer
  • Reporter
  • Copy Writer
  • Development Director

Employers of Carthage Graduates in this Major

  • Milwaukee Brewers – Analyst
  • Jewel Osco - Recruiter
  • Web/Multimedia – Analyst
  • Radio Shack – Assistant Manager
  • KBJR – Morning News Director
  • CareerBuilder.com – Sales Representative
  • NextMedia – Promotions Assistant
  • Prudential Financial – Financial Associate
  • Sprint PCS – Customer Service Representative


Carthage alumni have pursued graduate studies in: Media Management, Mass Communication

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