Key to success in any field, communication is “equipment for living.” It will help you relate to others, tell your story, and engage effectively in professional and civic life.
Recommendations for Communication (CMC) Majors
Students are exploring who they are, what they are interested in, what courses might be best for them, and what potential career paths exist.
- Take required General Education courses
- Take Required Core courses in the Communication major such as CMC 201, 202, 211, or 273
- Look for a potential minor or second major to pursue
- Learn about student clubs on campus and consider attending some meetings
- Visit the Speech Lab
- Tour Drake Memorial Library
- Join a study group
Students begin developing a professional demeanor, learning career options, and participating in activities relevant to the major.
- Try to complete General Education requirements
- Take additional Required Core classes
- Select a minor or second major and begin taking classes
- Join a CMC club, like Debate Society or Lambda Pi Eta
- Enter the annual Speech Competition
- Attend Scholars Day
- Visit Career Services and talk to professionals you know to learn about careers that might best fit your interests
- Stop by for faculty open office hours
Students distinguish themselves through research, internships, volunteer work, and other opportunities.
- Complete Required Theory class: CMC 473 or 492
- Take Foundation and Elective classes in a selected specialization for the major
- Take a Core Skills class
- Develop a research area you are passionate about
- Present a research paper at Scholars Day
- Continue taking classes in your minor or second major
- Pursue an internship on or off campus
- Pursue a leadership position in a student club
- Consider studying abroad for a semester or over summer/winter break
- Begin networking through informational interviews and by attending professional events
Students refine their professional application materials and prepare for entry into the job market or graduate school.
- Complete remaining CMC Foundation and Elective classes
- Complete remaining minor or second major requirements
- Consider pursuing a paid internship or volunteering in your community
- Volunteer at Scholars Day, the Diversity Conference, or other signature campus events
- Present a research paper at Scholars Day and look for other channels outside of the classroom through which to show your work
- Consider applying to graduate programs
- Attend on campus professional development events
- Begin job search approximately three months prior to completing degree