Frequently Asked Questions
Answered By Ms. Nikki Loy, Curriculum Coordinator for the Communication Studies Department.
- Is there a minimum GPA for the required 18 hours of courses in my chosen area of concentration? You must obtain a “C” in all Comm Studies courses counted towards graduation. This is true in both the old and new curriculum. # Is it possible to have an Area of Emphasis and a minor? It is definitely possible to have an *Area of Emphasis in Communication Studies PLUS a minor, or two minors and/or a double major!
- What is the difference between an *Area of Emphasis, a track, and a minor? We use the terms “track” and “Area of Emphasis” interchangeably. The official term is an “area of emphasis”. This is what it is called in Degreeworks and on your transcript. “Track” is an easier way to say “area of emphasis”. An Area of Emphasis is a concentration in one of the five “tracks” in Communication Studies(Health, Interpersonal, Integrated, Social Media and Comm Technology, or Organizational and Strategic Comm). A minor is a declaration to take at least 15 hours in a field outside of Communication Studies. You can find a list of all of the minors offered at WVU here. As a Comm Studies major, in order to graduate with a minor in another field, you must fill out the Minor Declaration form here.
- Can I switch my area of emphasis after I have been admitted to the major? Yes. You can switch your Area of Emphasis after being admitted to the major. You need to complete an Area of Emphasis change form https://forms.as.wvu.edu/comm/view.php?id=2879. If you have any questions please contact Joy Green.
- How do I choose an *Area of Emphasis? Review the requirements and the courses required for each area of emphasis. Discuss the choices with your Communication Studies advisor. You must declare your Area of Emphasis the semester that you complete Comm 201 and 203 by completing an Area of Emphasis Declaration Form at https://forms.as.wvu.edu/comm/view.php?id=6. If you have any questions please contact Joy Green.
Facilitate your preparation for health-related careers by focusing on communication over the lifespan, health campaigns, mediated communication, and persuasion. Learn how to effectively design and evaluate health messages to be communicated, interpersonally, organizationally, and within the community at large.
Take courses in Health Communication, Communication Campaigns, Persuasion
Pursue careers in Community Relations, Physician Liaison, Healthcare Management, Volunteer Program Coordination, Campaigning, Public Health, Public Affairs, Government
Gain exposure to a generalist communication education. Tailor your degree program to enhance communication skills with your own goals and passions in mind with assistance from your advisor.
Take courses in a variety of different tracks that suits your career goals.
Develop your ability to investigate, identify, and enact effective behaviors in personal relationships such as family, coworkers, small group, friends, and romantic partnerships. This knowledge complements fields that involve or focus on the betterment of these relationships.
Take courses in Interpersonal Communication, Dark Side of Communication, Family Communication
Pursue careers in Sales, Customer Service, Research, Non-profit Management, Fundraising, Advising, Management, Law
Social Media & Communication Technology
Gain expertise in the emerging role of social networking and social media, in human communication for interpersonal, instructional, organizational and strategic contexts. Be prepared to apply the theory of social media technology to meet personal and professional goals.
Take courses in Social Media in the Workplace, Effects of Mediated Communication, Computer Mediated Communication
Pursue careers in Media Planning, Social Media Coordination, Marketing, Event Marketing, Public Relations, Sales, Research, Advertising
Theory of Strategic and Organizational Communication
Develop your ability to successfully navigate any organization by improving your understanding of organizational communication, social media, small group dynamics, persuasion, and communication campaigns.
Take courses in Organizational Communication, Persuasion, Organizational Culture
Pursue careers in Management, Human Resources, Government, Mediation, Research, Law, Business Development, Training and Development
A list of courses can be located at http://catalog.wvu.edu/undergraduate/eberlycollegeofartsandsciences/communicationstudies/#courseinventory, and more information about overall degree requirements can be located at http://catalog.wvu.edu/undergraduate/eberlycollegeofartsandsciences/communicationstudies/#majortext.
Current Communication Studies majors
Are you a current Communication Studies major, or will you be admitted to the major prior to Fall 2013? Download a quick-reference form here to compare the advising procedures for the old and new curriculum formats.