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Communication Major

Communication Major

Multiple Interests + Diverse Talents = Skilled Communicators

Students who major in Communication at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) often find they have been presented with a unique, distinctive opportunity.

Students have the opportunity to study in one of the few places on earth where each can learn how to skillfully craft messages that capture the attention of national and local audiences, while immersed strategically at the intersection of two of the world’s largest communication markets – New York and Philadelphia. Our Communication students gain this experience while being a part of Rutgers, one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished universities.

There may be no better place to develop the talents to be skilled communicators - those who are expected to foster collaborative and civil discourse, cope with conflict, elicit and share information, and make clear and persuasive presentations of ideas and concerns.

Students who graduate with a SC&I Communication major will have the skills to clearly communicate in many work situations, as well as in civil society and personal relationships. That’s because our 36-credit undergraduate major in Communication trains students to engage practically and intellectually in the face of contemporary challenges. 

Majoring in Communication prepares students for careers in many industries, such as:

  • Politics
  • Entertainment/News Media
  • Health Care
  • Corporate Communication
  • Media Analysis
  • Political, Civic and Government Communication
  • Publicity Management
  • Civic Engagement Leadership
  • Community Affairs
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health Policy
  • Social Work
  • Health Education
  • Youth Advocacy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Training

Selecting the Communication Major: Gathering Diverse Interests in One Place

Communication majors have opportunities to enhance their education by earning a specialization. Specializations include a diverse set of subjects, and consist of six courses (18 credits) that provide students with opportunities to present themselves as experts in several areas seen favorably by employers and organizations, thus increasing their marketability.

Specializations include:

  • Leadership in Organizations and Community
  • Health and Wellness Communication
  • Relationship and Family Communication
  • Strategic Public Communication and Public Relations

Students also have the opportunity to combine specializations to create a distinctive, personalized learning experience.

The 36 credits of coursework for a Communication major include six courses (18 credits) in core areas and six courses (18 credits) in the student's chosen specialization.

Program-level Learning Goals

Upon successful completion of the Communication Major, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of fundamental communication perspectives, theories and concepts
  • Ability to use communication theories and concepts to analyze human behavior (including interpersonal, family, group, health, organizational or mediated settings)
  • Proficiency in gathering and using evidence to study and understand communication processes and consequences (including asking questions and systematically attempting to answer them, understanding the value and limitations of the research processes and conclusions)
  • Competency in written and oral communication in varied settings (including interpersonal, family, group, health, organizational or mediated settings)
  •  Ability to apply communication theories and concepts to social and professional life (including issues of diversity, ethics and civic engagement)

Student Resources

Resources are available to help students navigate the Communication program. Additionally, our faculty can guide students in making choices to reflect individual interests and career objectives.

Please follow the navigation of the Communication major area of the SC&I website for more information. A few links students might find helpful include: