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
- 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.
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2026|
|College administrator||$92,360 per year||10% (18,200 more jobs)|
|Public relations specialist||$59,300 per year||9% (22,900 more jobs)|
|Public relations/fundraising manager||$111,280 per year||10% (7,700 more jobs)|
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.)
Total: 40 semester hours
Communication and Society
This course introduces students to a variety of communication concepts and career possibilities in addition to the role communication plays in contemporary society.
Foundations of Communication Theory
Basic theories pertaining to spoken symbolic interaction, focusing mainly on the psychological and sociological aspects of interpersonal communication and public address.
Survey of Research in Communication
An introduction to the research and its methodologies in speech communication. Students will read and write about primary research in the discipline. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: a grade of C (2.0) or better in COM 251.
Small Group Communication
Theories and application of the methods surrounding small-group interaction processes.
Theories and techniques for creating public speeches. Designed for students who seek to improve public-speaking skills.
Assists the student in understanding the interpersonal communication process and in analyzing barriers to its effectiveness.
Capstone in Communication
Designed to help students integrate their communication knowledge and demonstrate higher-order thinking, decision-making, and interaction skills by applying them to professional and real-world situations. Students must achieve a C or better to count COM 401 toward the COM major and satisfy requirements for graduation. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with a grade of C or better; COM 353, 357, 361; 9 additional hours toward the COM major; senior status.
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.