Communication Studies

Western Michigan University offers a major in communication studies for students who want to deepen their understanding of written, spoken and electronic communication.

The program's open, integrative approach is a good fit for you if you plan to pursue graduate studies, or if you're undecided or want flexibility in choosing an area of specialization. As a communication studies student at WMU, you'll take courses in mass media, corporate and organizational communication, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, and leadership and social influence.

Beyond the classroom

WMU offers communication-related student organizations as general as the communication studies degree, and as specific as you want to get. Comma is a group for all undergraduate students with a communication-related major or minor at WMU. The Public Relations Organization is more focused, and provides opportunities in corporate and organizational communication, event planning, promotions, media relations and other functions of the public relations profession. WIDR, the campus radio station, and the Western Herald, WMU's student newspaper, will keep you on top of campus information and events. They're also known well beyond campus for providing students with tremendous real-world experience through high-profile positions.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in communication studies are working as:

  • Account executives
  • Activity and event coordinators
  • Customer service and claims representatives
  • Customer service, insurance and real estate agents
  • Editorial assistants
  • Health care coordinators
  • Human resources administrators
  • Internal and external communication specialists
  • Lobbyists
  • Negotiators
  • Recruiters
  • Sales managers
  • Spokespersons and speechwriters
  • Trainers
  • Writers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Hospitals
  • Media organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Lobbying firms
  • Private corporations

WMU's undergraduate program in communication studies provides great flexibility for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in any communication or business field, and for those who are interested in attending law school.

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo