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Communication Major

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In a globally connected world, being an effective communicator is essential to the success of any organization. 

Champlain's Communication degree gives you insight into the full range of human communication—verbal, written, mediated, and nonverbal—and develops your ability to exchange ideas, connect with diverse groups, and interpret and skillfully share information. Learn the difference between using communication skills for personal enrichment and using them strategically to achieve particular goals.

Our Communication major allows you to gain hands-on experience tailoring your messages for different applications and in a variety of organizational and social settings. You'll cultivate your critical and ethical thinking and problem-solving skills while learning how to understand and relate to others. Develop skills in design, technology, public relations, and event management.

A critical component of the Communication major is your required concentration. You'll choose between Communication Studies, Media Production, Media Writing, and Public Relations/Strategic Communication. To further tailor your education based on your priorities, you may choose an optional concentration as well. 

You'll culminate your academic experience with a communication-based Capstone project through a partnership with a local organization. By graduation, you will be a highly skilled, engaged, civic-minded professional with communication expertise that will open doors for you in a wide range of careers and industries.

Why Study Communication at Champlain?

As a Communication major at Champlain, you'll learn by working with real clients, and you can customize your education to suit your interests and goals. Champlain's smaller size offers opportunities you won't find with the big universities that often have communication programs. 

Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll be taking classes like Public Speaking, Media & Society, Audio Production, and Video Storytelling during your first year at Champlain. You'll soon be exploring new media tools and working with the latest technologies. This early experience is why so many employers seek our Communication majors as interns and full-time employees; you're already prepared to do the work they need.

Your well-rounded experience with a focus on excellence in all aspects of communication will translate into job opportunities in every industry.

What Can You Do With a Communication Degree?

You can take your interest in content creation, interpersonal relationships, organizational leadership, and social media into just about any industry. Communication majors are prepared to work in a wide range of fields:

  • Public Relations
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Social and human services
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Government and politics

Student Professional Associations

Communication majors are encouraged to become members of Champlain's chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the official communication honor society of the National Communication Association. Membership in these associations looks great on your résumé and allows you access to many opportunities, including conferences, networking, internships, job fairs, competitions, and scholarships.

Students in the LPH honor society will have access to a broad range of professional networking opportunities in the communication field, special recognition and rewards for their academic achievements, and connections with graduate schools.

Once you are inducted, you are a lifetime member and will receive a certificate and special regalia to wear at Commencement.

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