Applied Communication is a unique concentration in which students take courses not only in Communication Studies but in Journalism and Mass Communication and in Visual Communication Design. Students in this concentration gain expertise in organizational communication, advanced public speaking, professional writing, and visual design. Courses in the concentration teach students not only how to do the work of a professional communication specialist but also the theories that explain why certain messages are most effective for different types of audiences. Students also have the opportunity to learn how newer communication media such as the Internet, social networking sites, and text messaging, are changing the workplace. Applied Communication graduates leave Kent State University prepared for professional communication careers in non-profit organizations, health care organizations, small businesses and governmental agencies.
Interpersonal Communication - What are the most effective strategies for face-to-face and small-group communication? How do you interpret the nonverbal behaviors you see and hear during the act of communication? Whether you are concerned about personal communication with friends and loved ones or interpersonal communication in a business setting, interpersonal communication is an excellent concentration for students interested in understanding and improving their interpersonal communication skills and knowledge. Not all interpersonal communication is done in a traditional face-to-face setting. Students have the opportunity in this concentration to learn about the role of the Internet, social networking sites, text messaging and other new media forms in the interpersonal communication process. This is an excellent major for students interested in sales, human resources, counseling, or teaching.
Organizational Communication - Almost every college graduate will eventually go to work for an organization. The organizational communication concentration gives students the opportunity to study organizational culture and the ways in which communication occurs in organizations. Students in this concentration also take course work in business and professional communication, communication in teams, and organizational training and development. The concentration teaches students how to function effectively in an organizational setting – how to work with others and make sure they are communicating their own messages clearly and receiving clear information from others. Many students in this concentration go on to careers in training and development, human resources, or sales. This concentration also explores the latest technological developments in organizational communication, including teleconferencing, telecommuting, and social networking.
Public Communication - We all watch television, go to movies, use a wide variety of Internet sites, send text messages and twitters, listen to the radio, read magazines and newspapers. We’re bombarded daily by advertising messages. Why do we choose to use certain types of media and not others, or pay more attention to some media messages than others? Public Communication is a great concentration for students interested in these kinds of questions. Students in Public Communication study media uses and effects, freedom of speech, persuasion and social influence, and the role of media in our personal, political, and professional lives. This is an excellent concentration for anyone interested in working on political, health, or other media campaigns, attending law school or working as a lobbylist.
To be admitted to the COMM major, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Transfer students with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA from their previous colleges and students who meet Kent State’s admission standards as entering freshmen also will be admitted to the COMM major.
2.25 minimum major GPA. 2.00 cumulative GPA.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
PROGRAM FEE: $50/semester
The Kent Communication Society; Lambda Pi Eta
Master of Arts in Communication Studies