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Communication Specializations

Stand Out in Today’s Competitive Job Market

Earning a degree in Communication provides the skills and knowledge considered most important by employers today. Students can extend the value of a Communication degree even further by participating in one or more of the Communication major’s specializations.

Develop a Game Plan

The Communication major offers four specializations:

Students looking to gain wider perspectives may also elect to combine specializations.

A targeted career strategy, gained through specializations, can make students more marketable. Each specialization is an 18-credit program that includes theory-based and practice-based courses taught by leading scholars and industry professionals. Specializations are designed to provide essential knowledge of communication methods and techniques, and help build the necessary skills to start the careers students seek.

Not sure what specialization works best? View all specializations at once with our “At-a-Glance Chart.” 

Extending Career Options

By combining specializations, students can expand their career opportunities even further. For example, specializing in Health and Wellness Communication and Strategic Public Communication and Public Relations may provide an inside edge toward a career in health care marketing. Combine Leadership in Organizations and Community and Relationship and Family Communication to take on a role in the field of training and organizational development.

Students may combine specializations that match specific interests and career aspirations. Students may wish to examine more combinations and possible career paths.


  • Specializations are open to Communication majors.
  • More than one specialization can be earned (as long all requirements are satisfied).
  • Specialization course credits will apply toward satisfying degree requirements in the major.
  • A total of six courses (18 credits) are required for each specialization.
  • If using a specialization to fulfill Communication major requirements, please note at least 6-credits of the 18-credit specialization must be at the 400-level.
  • Once in the Communication major, students can declare the specialization in one of two ways: SAS students can use SASmyMajor to declare (as well as to un-declare) the specialization. Non-SAS students can use visit the Major Specialization Declaration Form for Non-SAS Students to declare (or un-declare) the specialization.
  • There are NO course substitutions permitted unless the Department of Communication has approved a new course/special topics course for a specialization.
  • Courses already taken (even before fall 2014) will count toward the specializations if they are on the approved list.
  • Students must follow all the same rules for enrolling in a course as any student not in a specialization (e.g., all pre-requisites apply).


Contact Brian Householder, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Communication, for more information about specializations.