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Majors and Minors

Each year over 200 students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Purdue's undergraduate program in communication. Purdue's School of Communication has long been regarded as one of the finest communication schools in the country with a strong commitment to undergraduate students. Precisely because of this dedication to insure the best education possible, the school is enforcing a grade point requirement in order to decrease class size and to increase student contact with faculty.

All undergraduates begin their studies as pre-communication students and remain in this "major" until completion of the prerequisite courses. No other communication class except COM 100 or COM 114 may be taken until students are admitted as a communication major.

COM Prerequisite

In order to be admitted as a communication major, students need to earn a 3.0 in COM 102, COM 204, and COM 318, and can repeat ONE course, ONE time. If you have questions about the GPA requirement you need to meet, please speak with your advisor.

Majors

All communication students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts.  After students have completed the pre-communication requirements with the necessary GPA, they can choose from five different majors:  a general communication major of 30 credit hours or four other majors that provide greater depth of study and require 42 hours:

General Communication

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Instead of focusing on a particular area students may choose to study communication in general.

Human Relations

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The Human Relations concentration develops students' ability to analyze communication contexts, solve communication difficulties, and build productive relationships-both personal and professional. Courses include those focused on managing conflict, providing support, leading and influencing others, and presenting oneself effectively. Students learn to apply theory to practical problems through their coursework and a capstone internship or research experience. The concentration will help students prepare for a range of career options that require communication and "people" skills, including management, human resources, training and development, sales, social services, and counseling. It is also excellent preparation for law school or other graduate education. View/download short PowerPoint presentation of new concentration in Human Relations.

Mass Communication

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Courses available in:
  • Professional & Journalistic Writing
    Journalistic Communication includes writing for mass communication, public affairs reporting, advanced reporting, and copy editing. The study of journalism not only stresses reporting and writing skills, but also examines news as strategic communication.
  • Media & Society
    Mass Communication classes analyze the mass media and the ways in which they influence individuals and societies through the creation of symbols. Through their studies, students investigate the role of mass media in society.
  • Media Production
    Telecommunications includes courses in video, digital and multi-media production. Courses translate theory of mass communication into practice.

Coporate Communication

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Corporate Communication focuses on the theory, concepts, and skills necessary to understand how communication functions in and between organizations. Coursework provides a background in organizational development, communication training, personnel placement and assessment, supervision and management, labor relations, or internal communication systems development.

Public Relations & Strategic Communciation

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Courses available in:
  • Public Relations
    PR includes instruction in persuasion, campaigns, writing, and image repair. The study of public relations provides a useful background for PR agencies, a company's PR division, or as a PR specialist or consultant.
  • Advertising
    Courses give undergraduates an understanding of the theory and practice of mass media advertising. This area emphasizes the planning, creation, and evaluation of advertising messages.

Core

The College of Liberal Arts requires all students in the school to complete a core body of classes along with thier major required courses.

Required Core

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Minor

The School of Communication offers a minor in Communication to students of other schools.

Communication Minor

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