Why major in Communication Studies at Washburn?

Communication Studies is an ideal major for students with multiple interests and diverse talents. When you study communication studies at Washburn you’ll learn about theories, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing, and improving communication in every arena of human interaction. Whether your interests are in professional or personal communication contexts, you’ll learn the skills needed to design, implement, and measure effective communication plans.

Effective communication skills are in great demand in today’s competitive job market and Communication Studies faculty at Washburn will help you strengthen your skills.

Career Forecast Bright Outlook100 percent of graduates compete an internship or original research. Some do both. on campusonlinehybrid
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Learn to communicate effectively

It’s no secret that employers in a wide range of fields seek those who can communicate effectively with all types of audiences. In this program, you’ll learn to do just that by mixing knowledge of theory with practical skill. Most students pair this degree with a minor and many opt for a second major in an area such as mass media, sociology, anthropology, or a natural science, depending on their unique goals.

Meet D'Mya who found her home in the Communication Studies Department

D'Mya Valdivia didn't plan to major in Communication when she came to Washburn, but encouragement from one of her professors and success in an introductory class inspired her to make the switch. She enjoys the way her Communication Studies classes are close-knit and have classmates who offer different viewpoints to explore.

Graduate with experience:

  • All students complete either an internship or an original research capstone. Some choose do to both.
  • 20 percent of program graduates continue to graduate school.
  • 57 percent of majors graduate in four years.

Jobs & Opportunities

Important qualities:

Curious about human behavior
Like to learn new things and explain them to others
Enjoy working in teams

Common entry-level job titles

Human Resources assistant
Social media manager
Assistant Account Manager (marketing, advertising)
Banking assistant
Marketing assistant
Training and development assistant
Communications assistant
Copy writer
Public Relations assistant
Public affairs assistant
Volunteer coordinator
Outreach assistant

Recent internship and research sites include:

Advisors Excel
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Capitol Federal Bank
Kansas Chamber
McGrew Real Estate
Topeka Zoo

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Communication Studies

Communication Studies Department
Morgan Hall, Room 206
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785-670-2230

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