Communications represents one of the most versatile majors for students with diverse interests. The courses will teach students how to think, read, write and develop one of the most sought out skills – communicating effectively. Students of this discipline have the opportunity to become versed in intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, public affairs, public relations, speech studies and disorders, and telecommunications. Because communications students become adept at many areas and skills sought out by all employers, they will have the opportunity to be employed with a wide variety of industries, companies and disciplines.


Academic Program Description

Major Course Descriptions





Related Major Skills


Create powerful images with sight, sound, motion & words Reporting and editing skills Write press releases
Create entertaining and persuasive messages Ability to write clearly Demonstrate creativity
Effective speaking Define hypotheses Present specific viewpoints
Evaluate ideas and presentation Influential/persuasion skills Gather information and data
Synthesizing information Compare and contrast evidence Interpretation skills
Evaluate information and sources Planning and managing skills Critical thinking skills
Work with deadlines Develop market research Work independently
Measure media effects Attention to details Identify and manage different needs
Work in teams/small groups Understand institutional and cultural values



Sample Career Titles


Business and Industry

Account Executive Management Analyst Hospitality Manager
Real Estate Agent/Broker Paralegal Customer Service Representative
Advertising Manager Manager/Administrator Hotel Manager
Recreation/Attractions Manager Personnel Specialist Events Planner
Association Administrator Market Research Analyst Human Resources Adm.
Recruiter Presenter Fashion Merchandiser
Bank Officer Media Manager Industrial & Labor Relations Specialist
Research Worker Print Production Coordinator Training & Development Specialist
Claims Adjuster/Examiner Stockbroker Service Representative Insurance Agent/Broker
Travel Agent Technical Writer Promotions Manager Special Events Coordinator
Consumer Affairs Specialist Restaurant Manager Lawyer
Telemarketing Specialist Public Information Officer Speech Writer
Corporate Communications Director Sales Representative Legal Assistant
Retail Manager Public Relations Specialist Credit Manager


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Communication and Media

Actor Market Research Government Relations
Public Information Officer Photojournalist Contestant/Guest Coordinator
Advertising Account Executive Media Buyer Graphic Artist
Public Relations Assistant Producer-TV, Film, Theatre Copywriter
Advertising Copywriter Media Manager Greeting Card Writer
Publisher Production Assistant Director-Film, Video, Theatre
Broadcast Advertising Sales Narrator Lighting Technician Proofreader
Radio/TV Announcer Communications Lawyer Editorial Assistant
News Writer/Editor Sports Promoter Reporter/Journalist
Traffic Manager Electronic Publications Video Programmer
Photographer Sportscaster TV Engineer Sales Representative
Writer/Author Script Writer Telemarketer
Technical Writer TV News Anchor


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Government and Social Services

Campaign Manager Probation & Parole Officer Government Advisor
Elected Official Minister/Priest/Rabbi Lobbyist
Community Action Director PSA Director Health Services Admin.
Foreign Service Officer Museum Director Media Specialist
Consumer Advocate Public Administrator Human Resources Manager
Recreation Coordinator Negotiator Speech Writer
Counselor Youth Worker Interviewer
Social Services Administrator Planning Director Television Censor
Development Officer Reader Lawyer
Political Aide Social Worker Documentarian
Translator Legislative Aide



Administrator Special Events Coordinator Educational Tester
Development Officer Public Relations Officer Mediator
Audio/Visual Specialist Educational Consultant Guidance Counselor
Students Services Specialist Recruiter Speech Pathologist
Camp Counselor Spokesperson for Education Teacher
Instructional Program Designer


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Sample Work Settings


Advertising Agencies Boards of Education Communications Agencies
Communications Offices Consulting Firms Corporate Settings
Government Agencies Human Resources Departments Independent Production Companies
Lobby Organizations Magazines Marketing Departments
News & Information Offices Newspapers Photo Agencies
Photo Studios Public Relations Firms Public Schools
Publishing Companies Radio/TVCable Companies Theaters
Universities Video Production Companies


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FAU Student Organizations 

  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • National Student Language Hearing Association
  • Owl Radio


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Professional Associations


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Job and Internship Links


Writing and Journalism

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Broadcasting and Media

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Where to Learn More


General Occupational Information

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Career Planning Websites

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Sample Library Resources

These Resources can be found at the CDC Career Resource Library and/or FAU's Wimberley Library.

  • Career Opportunities in Advertising and Public Relations
  • Career Opportunities in Magazine Publishing
  • Career Opportunities in Television and Cable
  • Career Opportunities in Writing
  • Careers for Bookworms
  • Careers for Film Buffs
  • Careers in Advertising
  • Careers in Communications
  • Careers in Focus: Broadcasting
  • Careers in Journalism
  • Careers in Marketing
  • Communications and the Arts
  • Great Jobs for Communications Majors
  • How to Approach an Advertising Agency
  • Journalism Careers
  • Making it in Public Relations
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Opportunities in Marketing Careers
  • Opportunities in Advertising
  • Opportunities in Broadcasting Careers
  • Opportunities in Film Careers
  • Opportunities in Public Relations
  • Opportunities in Technical Writing
  • Opportunities in Television & Video
  • Opportunities in Writing Careers
  • Peterson's Media Companies
  • Resumes for Communications
  • Resumes for Sales & Marketing Careers
  • The Mulligan Guide To Sports Journalism
  • Writers Market: The Deluxe Edition
  • How to Put Your Book Together

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Informational Sample Websites


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