Careers & Courses

What do you suggest I take if I want to be a _______?

Are you interested in a particular career, but unsure of which Communication courses are best suited for that vocation? We have compiled a short list of professions that are popular with Communication majors, and paired them with some courses that might aid the pursuit of these careers. Although this is only a guideline designed to help give you direction, not a prescription for what you must or should take, we hope that you find it useful.

Click on any of these careers to see associated Communication courses: General, Advertising, Business, Electronic Media & Broadcasting, Education, Government/Politics, Health, High Technology Industries, International Relations & Negotiations, Journalism, Law, Social & Human Services, Public Relations, and Sports Management.

General

All students, in all areas of interest, are encouraged to participate in internships. Comm 191, designed for seniors, allows students to receive upper–division Communication credit during one quarter of internship participation. Communication 120, Interviewing, is also relevant to your future regardless of chosen career field. All students can also benefit from the Communication 199RA (Research Assistant) experience. This is especially useful to students planning to attend graduate school. In addition to the courses listed below, look for one or more "special topics" or "advanced" courses throughout the year. The generic titles used for these courses can be very misleading. It's a great idea to contact the professor to find out what they will be teaching when you see these titles on GOLD or in the Schedule of Classes.

Advertising

Careers include: Marketing Specialist, Copy Writer, Sales Manager, Media Planner, Media Buyer, Media Sales Representative, Public Opinion Researcher.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 113: Media Effects on Individuals
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 116: The Internet, Communication, & Contemporary Society
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 132: Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
  • 133: Media and Children
  • 134: Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
  • 138: Advertising Literacy
  • 163: Diffusion of Innovations
  • 175AD: Senior Capstone in Communication: Advertising

Business

Careers include: Sales Representative, Executive Manager, Personnel Manager, Public Information Officer, Director of Corporate Communication, Human Resources Manager, Mediator, Buyer.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 121: Communication & Conflict
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 132: Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations, & the Media
  • 138: Advertising Literacy
  • 145: Media Entertainment
  • 152: Communication & Organizational Membership
  • 163: Diffusion of Innovations
  • 170: Communication Law

Electronic Media & Broadcasting

Careers include: Broadcasting Station Manager, Film Editor, News Director, Technical Director, News Anchor, Announcer, Casting Director, Producer, Talk Show Host.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 113: Media Effects on Individuals
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 116: The Internet, Communication, & Contemporary Society
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 132: Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
  • 133: Media and Children
  • 134: Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations, and Media
  • 145: Media Entertainment
  • 175SX: Senior Capstone: Sex, Censorship, and the Judiciary

Education

Careers include: Teacher, School Counselor, Educational Researcher, Educational Administrator, Alumni Officer, College Placement Officer, College Recruiter, College Admissions Director.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 107: Interpersonal Communication
  • 109: Language & Social Identity
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 119: Communication & Aging
  • 121: Communication & Conflict
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 124: Family Communication
  • 126: Gender & Communication
  • 133: Media and Children
  • 139: Communication & Emotion
  • 152: Communication & Organizational Membership

Government/Politics

Careers include: Public Information Officer, Speech Writer, Legislative Assistant, Campaign Director, Program Coordinator, Lobbyist, Press Secretary, Elected Official.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 113: Media Effects on Individuals
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 119: Intergenerational Communication
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 130: Political Communication
  • 132: Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
  • 134: Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations, & the Media
  • 142: Communication and Power
  • 170: Communication Law
  • 175SX: Senior Capstone: Sex, Censorship, and the Judiciary
  • 177: The Legal Community & the Courtroom

Health

Careers include: Health Educator, Hospital Director of Communication, Research Analyst, Medical Training Supervisor, Hospice Manager, Drug Rehabilitationist, Health Care Counselor.

Classes include:

  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 107: Interpersonal Communication
  • 109: Language & Social Identity
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 119: Communication & Aging
  • 121: Communication & Conflict
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 124: Family Communication
  • 126: Gender & Communication
  • 142: Communication and Power
  • 148: Risk Communication
  • 151: Relational Communication
  • 155: Health Communication
  • 160DI: Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

High Technology Industries

Careers include: Trainer for Communication Technologies, Systems Analyst, Technical Copywriter, Performance Assessor.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 116: The Internet, Communication, & Contemporary Society
  • 118: Communication Technology & Organization
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 132: Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
  • 134: Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
  • 136: Collaborative Technologies and the Dynamics Organization
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations & the Media
  • 152: Communication & Organizational Membership
  • 154: Videogame Research
  • 163: Diffusion of Innovations
  • 170: Communication Law

International Relations & Negotiations

Careers include: Corporate Representative, Translator, Student Tour Coordinator, Foreign Relations Officer, Diplomat, Foreign Correspondent, Host/Hostess For Foreign Dignitaries.

Classes include:

  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 109: Language & Social Identity
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 116: The Internet, Communication, & Contemporary Society
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 130: Political Communication
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations & the Media
  • 151: Relational Communication
  • 152: Advanced Organizational Communication
  • 170: Communication Law

Journalism

Careers include: Reporter, Editor, Newscaster, Author, Technical Writer, Media Interviewer, Acquisitions Editor.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 116: The Internet, Communication, & Contemporary Society
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 128: Language & Intergroup Communication
  • 130: Political Communication
  • 132: Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
  • 134: Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
  • 170: Communication Law
  • 175SX: Senior Capstone: Sex, Censorship, and the Judiciary

Law

Careers include: Public Defender, Corporate Lawyer, District Attorney, Private Practice Lawyer, Paralegal Researcher, Legal Secretary, Legal Educator.

Classes include:

  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 119: Communication & Aging
  • 121: Communication & Conflict
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 124: Family Communication
  • 130: Political Communication
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations & the Media
  • 142: Communication and Power
  • 146: Deception Communication
  • 151: Relational Communication
  • 160DI: Dard Side of Interpersonal Communication
  • 170: Communication Law
  • 175SX: Senior Capstone: Sex, Censorship, and the Judiciary
  • 177: The Legal Community & the Courtroom

Social & Human Services

Careers include: Social Worker, Recreational Supervisor, Human Rights Officer, Community Affairs Liaison, Religious Leader, Mental Counselor.

Classes include:

  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 107: Interpersonal Communication
  • 109: Language and Social Identity
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 119: Communication & Aging
  • 121: Communication & Conflict
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 123:Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 124: Family Communication
  • 126: Gender & Communication
  • 139: Communication & Emotion
  • 148: Risk Communication
  • 151: Relational Communication
  • 152: Communication & Organizational Membership
  • 160DI: Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
  • 162: Communication and Peace

Public Relations

Careers include: Publicity Manager, Advertising Manager, Marketing Specialist, Press Agent, Corporate Public Affairs Specialist, Fund Raiser, News Writer, Audience Analyst.

Classes include:

  • 106: Small Group Communication
  • 111: Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 118: Communication Technology & Organization
  • 121: Communication & Conflict
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 131: Organizational Communication: A Global Perspective
  • 134: Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations, and Media
  • 150: Group Communication in Multiple Contexts
  • 152: Advanced Organizational Communication
  • 163: Diffusion of Innovations

Sports Management

Careers include: Facilities Manager, Sports Marketing Director, Player Liaison, Foreign Market Researcher, General Manager.

Classes include:

  • 101: Media Literacy
  • 113: Media Effects on Individuals
  • 114: Media Effects on Society & Institutions
  • 117: Persuasion
  • 122: Organizational Communication
  • 123: Cultural Influences on Communication
  • 134: Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
  • 137: Global Communication, International Relations, & the Media
  • 138: Advertising Literacy
  • 145: Media Entertainment
  • 170: Communication Law
  • 175AD: Senior Capstone in Communication: Advertising
  • 175SC: Senior Capstone in Communication: Sports Communication