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A Career Guide for the Communication Major


By providing students with a broad liberal arts education, concentrating on the development of critical communication skills and knowledge, the Communication major prepares graduates for work in media and other industries, in government, or for graduate and professional schools. The program is also designed to enhance understanding of the functions and complexity of communication forms that, in part, structure everyday life. The curriculum for the Communication major balances the two primary areas of the discipline: rhetoric and mass communication. In cooperation with the Department of Political Science, a program leading to a major in Governmental and Political Reporting is available. In cooperation with the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts, a program leading to a major in Print Media will be available for the 1997/98 academic year. An interdisciplinary certificate in Film Studies, coordinated through the Department of Communication, will also be offered.

< TD>The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Writing
  • Journalism
  • Electronic media production
  • Ethnic studies
  • Film
  • Cultural studies
  • Women's studies
  • Communication processes (social, political, psychological)
  • Public speaking
Aptitudes
  • Wide ranging curiosity
  • Analytical/critical thinking
  • Self-motivation
  • Computer literacy
  • Aesthetic appreciation
  • Aesthetic expression
  • Creativity
  • Clarity of communication

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


In addition to University general education and foreign language graduation requirements, the communication major must complete a minimum of 36 credits in the major, and 20 credits of electives in The Schmidt College but outside the Department of Communication.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Communication graduates:

Government/Public Service
Journalism
Radio/Television
Film Production
Print Industry
Advertising
Librarian
Educational Administration
Arts Administration
Editing
Production
Law

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts and Humanities Building, room 213 (AH 213)
Tel: 561-297-3800

Davie Campus - Liberal Arts Building, room 421 (LA 421)
Tel: 954-236-1101

School of Communication and Multi-Media Studies
Boca Raton Campus, General Classroom South Building, Room 259 (GC 259)
(561) 297-3850


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Communication.
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