The skills you develop as a major in Communication & Society apply to and support a wide range of professional positions including manager, events coordinator, conflict mediator, human resource/compliance officer and many more.
Communication & Society focuses on the role of human interaction in and among organizations. The skills and competencies apply to small and large business, government, and non-profit/community sites—the private, public, and third sectors. These skills are also critical in the context of global transformations, which increase contact between different cultural groups within uneven relations of power.
Courses in the major provide practical and hands-on training in a wide range of organizational communication dynamics, including conflict management, employee socialization, group and decision-making processes, leadership and managerial skills, multicultural and multinational workplaces, and technology in the workplace.
Students will be prepared to understand and actively engage in intercultural communication in relationships, within and among communities and at the workplace. The program also focuses on human communication in local/global contexts and in relationship to media representations. Students will learn to negotiate their identities within intercultural contexts. They will gain cultural knowledge and skills to creatively solve problems and challenges that arise within intercultural and/or inequitable relations. Students develop a critical perspective on local/global issues by examining the historical and political dimensions of intercultural relations.