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B.A. in Communication Studies

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What is COMM all about? It’s about understanding the processes of how we stimulate meaning in the minds of others to meet our many personal, professional and social goals – be it trying to seek information, form relationships, engage in persuasive communication or simply to entertain ourselves and each other. At WVU, students majoring in Communication Studies have the option to choose to study interpersonal, health, social media and communication technology, or strategic and organizational communication. Also, an Integrated Communication Studies track – designed to expose students to a more general communication education – is also be available. FAQ Students will work closely with their major advisors to choose the track that is appealing to them and matches their future career goals. A degree in Communication Studies opens doors to allow students to be successful in just about any career- from healthcare to human resources, from sales to social media, from image management to promotions. The new curriculum will make students with a B.A. in Communication Studies even more attractive to potential employers or graduate programs. Big things can happen with a Communication Studies degree!

Communication is a liberal studies degree. It includes a variety of types of knowledge and ways of thinking. Students of communication are interested in all aspects of human communication. While human communication is unique and varied, there is also much about it that is routine and predictable.

Communication scholars seek to discover the mechanisms and rules that govern the wide range of communication activities using a battery of social scientific techniques. We try to develop theories that will account for why we act the way we do. As an academic discipline, Communication Studies is both young and old. If we consider our rhetorical past, we’re as old as any. If we consider that we’ve only been studying communication in a theoretical sense, for less than 50 years, then we’re very young. As an undergraduate in Communication Studies, we’ll try to teach you what we’ve learned over the last fifty years. As a result, you can expect a great range of topics. However, if your interests lay in a particular direction, our program should allow you to specialize as well.

If you’re here because you think Communication Studies classes are easy and you think this is an easy degree, guess again. Over half of students identifying as Pre-Communication Studies are not accepted into the B.A. program. You’ll also find that while our service courses are designed for the general student population, upper division coursework involves a considerable amount of writing, reading, and forethought. Our graduates are successful as academics and professionals, and many will tell you that our program was much tougher than they had initially thought.

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Academic Advising

The Department of Communication Studies has three undergraduate faculty advisors:

The advisors are here to counsel and advise you on the rules, regulations, and courses that are necessary for the completion of the Communication Studies degree program.

Learn more about Advising

From Day One to a Degree in Communication Studies

Use the navigation window below to follow the path from freshman orientation to graduation and beyond. This presentation is also on display in the Communication Studies main office.

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Get to Know our Mentors

Over 90 WVU Communication Studies Alumni mentors in over 30 fields, 15 states, and at least three countries have volunteered to help students bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world experience. Through this program, students have learned options available for COMM majors, how to break in to various industries, and how to professionally network. Now with Seelio, you can read their stories online!

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Advising

Academic Advising

Advising appointments are available for all Communication Studies majors or potential majors during advisors’ office hours or by appointment. Contact your advisor or check in 108 Armstrong Hall (or by calling 304-293-3905) for office hours. Registration Advising appointments will become available later in the fall semester for Spring 2015. Advising appointments for Spring semester will be available using the Comm Studies Clickbook system.

Be a WVU Comm Studies Alumni Mentor!

Serve as an Alumni Mentor

The Department of Communication Studies is piloting a COMM Student-Alumni Mentoring Program. Please consider getting involved. It could consist of as little time as a 30 minute phone conversation with an undergraduate student once or twice a year to as extensive as allowing a student or new graduate to shadow you at work or offer internships for our students. You decide your level of involvement/commitment!

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