From one-to-one relationships, to group and organizational relationships, to relationships between the individual and the media, to how the world interacts on social media, you’ll analyze the process of creating, sending and interpreting verbal and nonverbal messages — and how such messages are influenced by gender, culture, and ethics.

Your examination of public communication will include the study of public speaking and the principles of persuasion, argumentation and rhetoric. We strongly encourage internships, independent studies and other opportunities to apply your campus learning experiences.

Launch your career


You’ll be encouraged to actively participate in class discussions on topics such as the ways individuals differ in their communication of gender and culture. Because of the broad applications of communications, you can enjoy a wide range of internships, co-op opportunities, independent study topics and a capstone project. If you excel, you may be eligible to join the department’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta.


Opportunities include

  • Sales and advertising
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event planning and coordination

Graduate studies may include

  • Business
  • Public relations
  • Communications
  • Law


Student media The Oswegonian, WTOP-TV and WNYO-FM, as well as on-campus National Public Radio affiliate WRVO, provide opportunities to put your communication skills into action through performance, promotion and running social media accounts.

“I want to go into making movies. The reason I chose communication is it’s a general major, and perhaps in the future I may go into cinema studies or anything that can involve me in what I want to do. What I want to do involves interacting with a lot of people, and studying communication is a way to progress.”

— Alyssa Levenberg ’16