Undergraduate students in COMMUNICATION will become adept at the top skill mentioned in professional jobs ads: effective communication. You will learn how to analyze communication problems, speak and write well, listen ably, and ask good questions. You’ll see how effective communication can improve decisions in the workplace, in public meetings and in different cultural settings. The program show students how words and gestures may bind people together, enabling them to accomplish valued personal, community, and societal goals, and, on the flip side, how poorly chosen words and gestures drive people apart, make a difference insurmountable, and lead to the escalation of conflict. With a thorough understanding of the concepts of communication and the ability to analyze it, you will be able to design communications practices that help people interact better for the benefit of society and their own personal relationships. Our graduates will find successful careers in media, government and corporations, or in helping individuals, families and other groups relate to each other better. Our faculty members are committed to helping students master new and emerging forms of digital and social media so they can become engaged citizens, agents of social change and professional communicators.
At the graduate level, MA and PhD students solidify their understanding about communication generally and then focus in on one or two communication practices – for example, introducing technological changes in an organization; training parents to communicate well with their children; or helping the public and its leaders engage in civil conversation to make successful policy. Graduate students may also focus on broader topics, such as how race or gender differences play out in institutions; how organizations collaborate; or the role communication plays in public controversies. Graduate students will Stake professional positions in industry or institutions related to their area of focus, or become college professors who teach in one of the many areas of communication.
To develop a more detailed sense of what majoring in communication involves, we invite you to look at information about the communication major addressed to current students. http://comm.colorado.edu/undergraduate/general-information/current-students/
Many freshman choose to be part of the COMM RAP (Communication & Society Residential Academic Program), a thriving learning community in which students live and study together. To develop a sense of how this community functions , go to http://commrap.colorado.edu/