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Communication Studies (B.A.)

Major: Communication Studies

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Total credit hours: 45

Internship/Practicum opportunities: Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

Human communication is a transactional process in which persons share meaning. The communication studies major includes a variety of courses including public speaking, small group and organizational communication, persuasion, rhetorical theory, and intercultural communication. As the world becomes more fractured and divided, understanding how communication works is becoming increasingly more important.

The Thiel College communication studies major prepares students for a wide variety of jobs in which sound human communication skills are especially significant and necessary. It also prepares students for graduate study in communication.

Visit our Academic Catalog (2018-2019) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. Demonstrate outstanding communication skills and proficiency as a public speaker
  2. Gain competence in resolving ethical issues in effective communication
  3. Be prepared for entry-level employment in jobs where communications skills are necessary, or to enter graduate programs in media, advertising or public relations
  4. Be able to join the Lambda Pi Eta chapter of the National Communication Association

Scholarship Opportunities

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership and more! The scholarships available to communication studies majors are:

  • The Roger ’52 and Paula G. Blatter Scholarship
  • William Randolph Hearst Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Mister Rogers Scholarship

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. A media & journalism major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • The Thielensian student newspaper
  • WXTC radio station (88.1FM)
  • TCTV television station
  • Society for Collegiate Journalists
  • Lambda Pi Eta (Communications Honorary)
  • Photography Club

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

Communication competence and critical literacy are the essential tools in dozens of careers. The ability to communicate well and to understand and analyze others communications will open doors in many careers.

A degree in communication studies from Thiel College will prepare you for positions in:

  • Sales - A full-time real estate agent makes a median salary of $54.000. A sales representative for a technical firm earns an average salary of $57.564.*
  • Human Resources - HR specialists and recruiters earn a median salary of $59,180.**
  • Training and Development - Corporate trainers earn an average of $47,393, but salaries for trainers at some companies reach as high as $122,000.***
  • Insurance - Underwriters earn a median salary of $65,030. Claims Adjuster I earn a median salary of $44,354 and Claims Adjuster II earn a median salary of $58,526.+
  • You may pursue a career working for government or business as a labor relations specialist. These jobs pay a median salary of $117,421.++

*investfourmore.com/2014/06/12/much-money-real-estate-agents-make-first-year/
glassdoor.com/Salaries/technical-sales-representative-salary-SRCH_KO0,30.htm
**Bureau of Labor Statistics Human resources salaries
***indeed.com/salaries/Corporate-Trainer-Salaries
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salary.com/Claims-Adjuster-II-Salary.html
++ salary.com/Labor-Relations-Manager-Salaries.html