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Speech class

Communication Studies

 Options: Bachelor's

 Locations: Main Campus

Why Communication Studies?

Speech communication is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws upon its historic roots in rhetoric as well as theory and research in anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students take foundational courses in public presentation, group dynamics and interpersonal communication. Additional coursework includes studies in intercultural communication, organizational communication, communication ethics, and communication theory and research.

One unique feature of the Communication Studies program is the "Application to the Workplace," which requires students to take at least six courses in their chosen career area. Students must also complete an internship for the purpose of gaining real-world experience that employers value. Students may also select a Minor (18 or more credits) from the options available.

Career Opportunities

A degree in Communication Studies provides students with specific skills and in doing so prepares them for a variety of careers in today's ever-changing job market. Program graduates are working in customer service and sales, community outreach and advocacy, human resources and management, and broadcasting and other mass-media fields. Careers are pursued in both the public and private sectors.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum Composite ACT Score of 17/SAT 900, Math ACT Score of 15/SAT 400, English ACT 14/SAT 450

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • An English and Mathematics course.

More Information

Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Thomson
Phone: (231) 591-3504
Email:  

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: (231) 591-3675

Communication Studies: Ferris State University Course Catalog