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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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Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Advising

Academic Advising

Would you like to speak with an advisor to discuss the Communication Studies major? Questions about your classes? Concerns about post-graduation plans?
Visit a Comm Studies advisor during open advising/office hours! Contact the department (304-293-3905) for a list of open office hours or e-mail an advisor directly.

The COMM academic advisors are:

Dr. Andrea Weber – acweber@mail.wvu.edu
Nikki Loy – nikki.loy@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. John Shibley – jshibley@wvu.edu

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Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application