What Can I Do With A Degree in Communication Studies?

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An update to our popular presentation on navigating the communication studies major at WVU. Learn about everything from your first 101 course to defending a Ph.D. dissertation or entering the COMM workforce in this presentation. More information? Hit us at comm.wvu.edu.

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What Can I Do With A Degree in Communication Studies?

  1. 1. You just got youracceptance letter! You’re now a Mountaineer!!! Now what? How do I pick a major?
  2. 2. WVU Programs of Study
  3. 3. I think a degree inCommunicationStudies would befun!
  4. 4. A degree in B.A. inCommunication Studies How do I start?
  5. 5. http://communicationstudies.wvu.edu
  6. 6. Requirements To Go ToDepartment As A Pre-Comm Applied Communication Studies track: 29 credit hours, 2.5 overall GPA.
  7. 7. Data Analysis track: 29 credit hours, 3.0 overall GPA, 3.0 communication studies GPA.Applied Communication Studies track: 29 credit hours, 2.5 overall GPA.
  8. 8. Pre-communication studies students arenot authorized to take more than 12 credithours of communication studies coursesother than Comm 200 & 201.(Note; The GPA to be admitted to the major is 2.5overall; 2.5 Comm GPA; and 2.5 combined GPA inComm 200 and 201 for applied and 3.0in all for Data Analysis.)Total hours needed to graduate = 128
  9. 9. B.A. in Communication Studies 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 humancommunication. While human communication is unique and varied, there is also much about it that is routine and predictable.
  10. 10. The Faculty and Staff of the WVU Department of Communication Studies are comprised ofexperts in a wide variety of specializations in the teaching, research, and administration of our field.
  11. 11. Included in our faculty are professors and instructorsrecognized by their peers for excellence in scholarship and education, and our staff members have been similarly honored for their work in service of our Department as well a WVU.
  12. 12. Undergraduate Program GoalsIn recent years the facultyhas tried to answer thequestion, “What shouldCommunication Studiesmajors know when they’vefinished a degree?”
  13. 13. Intended Learning Outcomes:Outcome 1: Describe the major theories of humancommunication and apply them to various contexts.Outcome 2: Critique communication messages from a socialscience perspective.Outcome 3: Cite evidence of the impact of communication onhuman behavior in interpersonal and/or organizational contexts.Outcome 4: Identify and describe the functions of media in ademocratic society.Outcome 5: Investigate the role of verbal and nonverbalmessages in the human communication process.
  14. 14. Intended Learning Outcomes:Outcome 6: Examine the relationship between communication andculture.Outcome 7: Design and evaluate effective strategies for socialinfluence.Outcome 8: Examine ethical issues in various communicationcontexts.Outcome 9: Evaluate social science criteria to examinecommunication research.Outcome 10: Analyze the role of communication in conflict andconflict management.
  15. 15. The Department ofCommunication Studies offers the B.A., the M.A., and the Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies.
  16. 16. WVU Communication Studies Major Requirements
  17. 17. Applicationfor Admission to Major In order to be eligible for consideration as a major in Communication Studies, the following criteria must be met at the end of the current term…
  18. 18. 1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.2. Students must complete COMM 200 or COMM 201 with a combined GPA of 2.5 or better.3. A student must earn no less than a C in either COMM 200 and COMM 201, and no less then a B in the other.4. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 in all previous COMM classes.
  19. 19. Big things are coming to The Department of Communication Studies!We are pleased to announce upcoming changes to our undergraduatecurriculum. Beginning in 2013, students majoring in Communication Studieswill have the option to choose to study: • Interpersonal • Health • Social Media and Communication Technology • Strategic and Organizational Communication An Integrated Communication Studies track, designed to expose studentsto a more generalist communication education, will also be available.Students will work closely with their major advisors to choose the track thatis appealing to them and matches their future career goals.
  20. 20. Big things can happen with a Communication Studies degree!A degree in Communication Studies opens doors to allow studentsto be successful in just about any career-from healthcare to humanresources, from sales to social media, from image management topromotions.The new curriculum will make students with a BA in CommunicationStudies even more attractive to potential employers or graduateprograms.
  21. 21. I’ve made my choice! I’m going to be a COMM Major!
  22. 22. Just curious… Whatare the benefits ofa CommunicationStudies Minor?
  23. 23. WVU Communication Studies Minor Benefits
  24. 24. Communication skills are consistentlyamong the most sought after skills in theworkplace. No matter what your major is,communication will be an importantaspect of your job. A minor allows you toformally document your knowledge ofhuman communication. In addition, mostof the courses required for the minor canbe used to meet WVU LSP requirements.
  25. 25. What is a Minor in Communication Studies A minor allows you to formally document your knowledge of human communication. In addition, most of the courses required for theminor can be used to meet WVU LSP requirements.
  26. 26. A minor consists of 15 hours of coursework in the following specified areas:A. YOU MUST TAKE TWO OF THEFOLLOWING: COMM 100 + 102, COMM103, COMM 104, COMM 105, COMM 112,or COMM 122 (6 hours total)*A 300- or 400-level COMM course may be substitutedfor one 100 level course in this categoryB. YOU MUST TAKE TWO OF THEFOLLOWING THREE CLASSES: COMM 306,COMM 308, or COMM 316 (6 hours total)C. ONE ADDITIONAL 3-CREDIT 300- OR400-LEVEL COMM COURSE, EXCLUDINGCOMM490. (3 hours total)
  27. 27. FAQ For Minor:• What is the Communication Studies Minor Code? U001• Do I need to take a foreign language? No• What GPA do I need to minor in Communication Studies? You will need to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation.• How do I declare my minor? You need to see your academic advisor PLEASE CONTACT ANDREA WEBER ATacweber@mail.wvu.edu OR BY PHONE, 304.293.3905
  28. 28. On my way to Morgantown! Move in day at WVU! 
  29. 29. Saying goodbye wasmuch harder thanexpected… 
  30. 30. TO: DADMy first day of classes! Checkthis out! 
  31. 31. TO: MOMI thought you would enjoy this.. My first timeon the PRT- on my way to COMM 105!
  32. 32. TO: DADMy first COMM class and professor!
  33. 33. mountaineer123@mix.wvu.edu MOMMom,I’m loving WVU! I am especially enjoying myCOMMUNICATION CLASSES! My professors are awesome!
  34. 34. Checking out WVU’s COMM website and Facebook!Pretty Sweet!
  35. 35. http://www.facebook.com/#!/wvucommstudies
  36. 36. WVU Advising
  37. 37. How does seeing my academic advisor help me?
  38. 38. Your advisors are there to answer your questions, help solve your problems, and in some cases act as an advocate for you when dealing with problems.They are not there to schedule your classes or get you into closed classes, and they are not responsible for your errors.
  39. 39. Starting October 3 through November 16 Go to:http:wvucommunicationstud.clickbook.net to schedule your appointment!
  40. 40. SPRING 2013You are eligible to register by WEB beginning on or after the specified dates listedbelow. The WEB will operate each week from 8:00 AM Monday through Saturday at11:00 PM. Students will be able to register on or after their priority registration datesas follow:• Check your classification and register at the appropriate time.• Oct 29: Professional, Graduate, Honors-SR, and Exceptions• Oct. 30: Honors-JR, Law-L3• Oct. 31: Honors-SO, Law-L2• Nov. 1: Honors-FR, Law-L1• Nov. 5: Seniors• Nov. 7: Juniors• Nov. 9: Sophomores• Nov. 12: FreshmenClassifications are based on hours earned and hours in progress for Spring 2012 Term.PRE-REGISTRATION PRIORITY DATES
  41. 41. Hey friend! My Advisorwas talking aboutLambda Pi Eta. What isit?
  42. 42. LAMBDA PI ETAis a National Communication Honors Society
  43. 43. LAMBDA PI ETA wasestablished in 1985 and wasbrought to WVU in 2002.There are 250 chaptersnationwide.It is recognized in theAssociation for College HonorSocieties
  44. 44. How do I become amember ofLambda Pi Eta?
  45. 45. Lambda Pi Eta Requirements:Applicants must have: 60 total credit hours (sophomore standing) 12 hours in Communication Studies 3.0 overall GPA 3.25 GPA in Comm StudiesThere is a one time lifetime membership fee
  46. 46. LAMBDA PI ETA BASICSEach chapter has an advisor, a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer It is a great opportunity for leadership positions and to make a difference Applications are available at the WVUCommunication Studies website or room 108 Armstrong Hall.
  47. 47. Lambda Pi Eta BonusesSpring initiation ceremony at theWaterfront Place Hotel Free food Get to know faculty and other membersLooks great on job applicationsCertificate and cord for graduation
  48. 48. WVU Lambda Pi Eta Activities
  49. 49. LAMBDA PI ETA ACTIVITIESFundraising Selling t-shirtsCommunity Service Trunk or Treat Volunteering at The Shack Tutoring fellow Communication Studies members in Comm 200 and 201
  50. 50. I wonder what other people think about the WVUComm Department…. Hmmm….
  51. 51. The Capstone course I believe the Capstone course alone helpedme secure thethe alone helped me secure I’m in sales positionthrough interview position through interview so I think Comm practice and resume building. practice and resume building. Studies played a large role.Higher level of thinkingand questioning. helped improve How did Communication communication skills Studies help the Alumni? I was prepared to own my own business It has helped me identify and deal with different personality types.
  52. 52. Advice from Graduating CommunicationStudies Major: Get to know your professors. Talk tothem after class. See them during officehours.
  53. 53. Advice from Graduating CommunicationStudies Major:Keep everything! Papers, projects,workbooks for future classes and yourportfolio!
  54. 54. Advice from Graduating CommunicationStudies Major:Do your internship early. Do two ifpossibleDo your internship early. Do two if possible
  55. 55. Advice from GraduatingCommunication StudiesMajor: Get work experience related to what you Get work experiencerelated to what you you graduate. want to do whenwant to do when yougraduate.
  56. 56. • US • Teaching Government Positions Data Analysis, Teaching, Content, Professional Departmental Relationships, Participation, IRB, Hiring, Assessment, Methodology, Statistics, Measurement, Report Problem Solving, Preparation, Content Thinking Analysis, People Management, Program Course Coordination, development, Protocol Methodology, Publication, Planning, Development, Manuscript Hiring, IRB Procedures, Collegiality, Preparation, Manuscript Data Analysis, Programming (SAS Submission, Data Assessment, made SQL Easy), Data Structure, Documentation, Argumentation, Database Establishment, Conference Attendance, Understanding Variables, Presentations, Conference Professional Relationship Participation, Communicating with Maintenance, Research,• Private Measurement, Data Querying Anyone, Confidence to Apply skills in Health Care Environment, Self-Report • U.S. Sector Development, Training GovernmentThese are details skills learned during my time at WVU. Some skills thatwere used in all positions throughout my career. ~Katherine Thweatt
  57. 57. I need some information aboutWVU’s Career Services. Help!
  58. 58. Career Services-304-293-2221phone
  59. 59. mountaineer123@mix.wvu.edu help@wvu.eduWhat does WVU Career Services do?
  60. 60. WVU Career Services -Assists students in finding jobs after college.-Assists students in finding the field of study they are interested in.-Hold career fairs to help employers find future job prospects. … and MUCH MORE!
  61. 61. What is a Professional Field Experience?
  62. 62. The Professional Field Experience (PFE), or internship, is one of the mostvaluable learning experiences a student can have at West Virginia University.The PFE affords students opportunities to apply what they have learned in theclassroom, make important networking and reference contacts, affirm (or refute)career plans and enhance resumes and portfolios, all essential for future success. A Professional Field Experience is not simply a part time job. An internship is intended to be a professional leaning experience. Students completing their Professional Field Experience are representatives of the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University and are expected to maintain a high standard of mature and professional contact throughout their PFE.
  63. 63. How do I register formy Professional Field Experience?
  64. 64. All students are required to complete three credithours of Comm 491. In most cases, the most relevantform of experience for Communication Studies careersis an internship. However, if you are interested inresearch-perhaps continuingon to graduate school, you maywork on a research project.You must make sure yourproject is first approvedby Andrea Weber.
  65. 65. I wonder if I have to doan internship…
  66. 66. You must be registered for three credithours of COMM 491 during thesemester in which you complete yourinternship. You also need permissionfrom PFE Coordinator (108 ArmstrongHall) to obtain permission to register.Permission can be obtained byproviding a job description onletterhead for the organization youwish to work to the PFE Coordinator.When you register via STAR, the defaultsetting for COMM 491 is one credithour, so be aware of this; make sureyou change it to three credit hours.
  67. 67. I wonder how many hours I have to work for myinternship…
  68. 68. PROFESSIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE Professional Field Experience requires students to spend 144 hours working in a professional environment in order to earnthree credit hours of 491 (what is required forgraduation). This averages to about 9 hours a week for an entire semester.
  69. 69. I did an internship this summer. Can I count that?
  70. 70. No! We do not allow internships tocount retroactively. This is why it isso important for you to get yourinternship approved prior tocompleting it.
  71. 71. How do I obtain a Professional Field Experience/Internship?
  72. 72. There are a number of ways you can obtain an internship. You may get one on your own or through the Department of Communication Studies.
  73. 73. Are you interested in our Alumni Mentoring Program? The Department of Communication Studies is piloting a Comm Studies Student-Alumni Mentoring Program. • Look through profiles of our alumni and learn about their careers. • Talk to a Comm Studies alum in your field of interest. • Get advise about your job search or graduate school. • Talk to alum about internship opportunities. Stop by the Comm Studies Office at 108 Armstrong Hall for more information
  74. 74. We are looking for feedback from Communication Studies alumni about their experiences in our undergraduate and graduate programs, including the B.A., Corporate M.A., Instructional M.A., Theory and Research M.A., and both Ed.D. and Ph.D. graduates. We want to know about how your experiences with us have helped in your current career path, so consider giving us a few moments of your time? Go „Eers!Go to: http://communicationstudies.wvu.edu/alumni
  75. 75. Being a Comm Major and Mountaineer ROCKS!!!!
  76. 76. In Summer 2012, Communication Studies majors and minors had their first chanceto study abroad with the Department in two distinct locations in Eastern Europe:Erfurt, Germany and Budapest, Hungary. Nearly two dozen undergraduate andgraduate students spent their summer connecting with new cultures in pursuit oftheir degrees. Visit the Study Abroad Page: http://comm.wvu.edu/undergrad/abroad
  77. 77. Recent B.A. alum Joy Cox poses with her Top Undergraduate Paper award from the 2012 Eastern Communication Association conference for her research “Relationship Satisfaction and Resilience: Military Couples and Deployment" The paper is also in press with Human Communication. This work was done in collaboration withPeggy Rardin McConnell Chair of Speech Communication Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield. Cox has been accepted into the M.A. Communication program at the University of Missouri this coming Fall semester.
  78. 78. Now that I have my B.A. in Communication Studies…What do I do now?
  79. 79. The graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies is well known, at both the regional and nationallevel, for accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.
  80. 80. Go to:http://communicationstudies.wvu.edu/ And check out the Masters programs! You can choose to work and get your Masters degree in a little as 2 years!
  81. 81. M.A. Corporate and Organizational CommunicationProviding flexibility, classes typicallyinclude both Friday evening and all daySaturday on two weekends and an onlinecomponent.Students complete 36 hours ofcoursework usually over two years. Upon Program Coordinator:completion of coursework and a Dr Danielle Dolin-Banecomprehensive exam, students are danielle.dolin-awarded the degree. bane@mail.wvu.edu More information can be found at: bit.ly/wvucorporatema
  82. 82. M.A. Instructional CommunicationClasses are taught four weeks each summer in Charleston,Clarksburg, Parkersburg, and Wheeling. The program isdesigned for the professional educator who is employed full-time in the education setting. Program Coordinator: Dr. Scott MyersStudents complete 36 hours of coursework usually over two Scott.myers@mail.wvu.eduyears. Upon completion of coursework and a comprehensiveexam, students are awarded the degree. http://communicationstudies.wvu.edu/grad/ma-in- instructional-communication
  83. 83. M.A. Communication & Research One Year, On-Campus Master’s Program 2013-2014 The deadline for application for admission is April 1, 2013 Program Coordinator Dr. Keith Weber kaweber98@yahoo.comhttp://communicationstudies.wvu.edu/grad/ma
  84. 84. Ph.D., Communication Studies 2013-2014 Deadline
  85. 85. Ph.D., Communication Studies 2013-2014 The deadline for application for admission for the 2013-2014 academic year is Program Coordinator Dr. Scott Myers January 16, 2013. scott.myers@mail.wvu.eduhttp://communicationstudies.wvu.edu/grad/phd
  86. 86. THE DAILY NEWScommunicationstudies.wvu.edu Communication Studies in the News! - 2011-2012
  87. 87. THE DAILY NEWScommunicationstudies.wvu.edu Communication Studies in the News! - 2011-2012
  88. 88. THE DAILY NEWScommunicationstudies.wvu.edu Communication Studies in the News! - 2011-2012
  89. 89. communicationstudies.wvu.edu Communication Studies in the News! May 13, 2012
  90. 90. communicationstudies.wvu.edu Communication Studies in the News! May 13, 2012Eberly graduates diverse group of scholars Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, UndergraduatesBY ALEX LANGThe Dominion Post It‟s truly a hodgepodge. History, English, women‟s studies,biology, psychology, forensic and investigative science,religious studies, and a host of other majors all under one WVU umbrella. On Sunday, students in those programs had one thing in common. They graduated from theEberly College of Arts and Sciences. The college is the largest and most subject-diverse onWVU‟s campus. “It was the best,” Lindsay Satryan said about her time at WVU. “It really was.” The communication studies major said she plans to hang around the area for another fewmonths while her boyfriend finishes his class work. After that, they plan to move to San Francisco. Satryan said she would like to work in the filmindustry, though she wasn‟t sure exactly what she wanted to do in the production process. Satryan said WVU wasn‟t her first choice when she applied to college, but now that she‟sgraduated, she couldn‟t imagine herself having gone to a different school.

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