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Prepare to navigate the social world at Columbia College
You are never not communicating. Studying communication allows you to hone skills that will enhance your ability to succeed in both your personal and professional life. Often described as a “soft skill,” effective communication takes more knowledge and critical thinking than one might expect. Studying communication at Columbia College can open the door to endless job opportunities in a variety of fields.
According to The Princeton Review, Communication is number two of the top 10 majors. MarketWatch and LinkedIn report Communication as one of the top 10 most versatile majors. Finally, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in their 2018 Labor Market for Recent College Graduates, reports that Communication majors had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.9% of all humanities majors.
Opportunities to study:
- Communication theory
- Intercultural communication
- Film history
- Social media
- Nonverbal communication
- Organizational communication
- Gender communication
- Food communication
Gain a valuable skill set
The Communication Studies major at Columbia College prepares students for some of the most important jobs in our society. These roles will continue to grow as the world becomes more interconnected. Aside from enhancing aspects of life such as personal conversations and mass media use, the Communication Studies major develops the skills employers want.
Students are ready to work in a variety of industries or advance to a graduate-level program.
Work for corporate, government or non-profit organizations. Help businesses and organizations convey their messages accurately, effectively and strategically. Work in advertising, marketing, public relations, politics and related fields.
Some possible paths include:
- Higher education
- Corporate communication
- Non-profit advocacy
- Public relations
- Social media
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
Your degree starts here Take these courses
Available program formats
- Core requirements 36 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Intensive study of a specific body of films grouped by similarities in style, genre, period or cultural origin. Emphasis is on historical, theoretical, and critical issues. Topics vary. Sample topics: Documentary film; film adaptation; film authors; independent film; movie musicals. Course may be taken more than once when topic varies. Prerequisite: COMM 224.
This course is an introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting. Students learn basic principles of screenwriting, including how screenwriting differs from other writing styles. Students explore the screenplay style and format, character development and story arcs through a film treatment and short screenplay. Prerequisites: ENGL 133W.
Theoretical and practical analysis of the content, structure, and context of mediated communication in the United States. Students use cultural, critical, and rhetorical strategies to evaluate media content. Prerequisites: COMM 214 and three hours of upper-level communication coursework.
This course introduces students to communication theories and models as they apply to our culturally diverse world in interpersonal, small group, and public settings. Students will apply course information in practical and theoretical ways, including a significant focus on public speaking as well as audience and source analysis.