​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

No matter what, you’re always communicating. In the communication program at CMU, you’ll develop a background in communication skills, problem solving and resourcefulness. Our nationally recognized faculty members help you explore various aspects of communication and guide you toward a career or graduate education. Like to argue? You can travel and compete on the forensics team at intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments. You’ll also be able to gain professional development experiences through internships with organizations such as Walt Disney World, the Palace of Auburn Hills, General Motors, Dow Chemical, the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Governor’s Office.

Put Your Degree to Work

Graduates of the communication program at CMU pursue a variety of careers such as:

  • Account executive
  • Chief financial officer
  • Claims representative
  • Family services supervisor
  • Marketing specialist
  • Media planner
  • Operations manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Recruiter
  • University admissions adviser

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026​
College administrator$92,360 per year10% (18,200 more jobs)
Public relations specialist$59,300 per year9% (22,900 more jobs)
Public relations/fundraising manager$111,280 per year10% (7,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the communication website or contact:

Department of Communication
Moore Hall 333
Phone: 989-774-3177

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Communication Major

Total: 40 semester hours
Required Courses
(19 hours)
COM 100
Communication and Society
COM 251
Foundations of Communication Theory
Survey of Research in Communication
COM 353
Small Group Communication
COM 357
Public Speaking
COM 361
Interpersonal Communication
COM 401
Capstone in Communication
(21 hours)
Select additional hours of COM; at least 9 credit hours must be taken at the 400- or 500-level with at least 3 credit hours at the 500-level. No more than 6 hours total from COM 464, COM 490, and COM 495 may count toward the major.