Human Communication Studies
Why Study Human Communication Studies
The Human Communication Studies program helps students develop critical thinking skills, discover and practice cultural sensitivity, and facilitate future marketability.
Communication is a learned skill, one that encompasses verbal and nonverbal messages, as well as listening and understanding. Human Communication Studies allows you to fully understand, and better shape, human interaction in all facets of professional and personal lives. As
defined by the
Association for Communication Administration (1995), Communication Studies focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical
practice of human communication.
Why Study Human Communication Studies at Ship
The human communication studies program at Shippensburg University boasts strong mentorship between advisors and their advisees. A faculty advisor guides each student through the class selection process, discusses career objectives, and offers feedback on coursework. In other
words, advisors help you prepare for the future.
Because human communication is, and always will be, a vital component to life’s path, our students find personal applications for the skills, techniques and strategies offered in each course. When you can apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to your own life,
knowledge becomes real and dynamic. This major combines the understanding of theoretical aspects of human communication with practical application of the same. Students form bonds with fellow majors as they work together to improve their communication skills.
Faculty in the program represents a healthy diversity of cultural and theoretical perspectives and places classroom teaching as their number one priority. Our faculty is always involved in discovering the needs of our students and constructing courses to fill those needs.
Class sizes are small enough for personal contact with faculty and our curriculum stresses critical and creative thinking, interaction, student involvement, service-learning, and projects that reflect real-life situations.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Survey after survey of employers and placement specialists identifies high-caliber written and oral communication skills as the most important qualities desired in a job applicant. Sensitivity to the diversity within and among audiences, such as employees within an
organization or customers served by that organization, is also vital to communication competence. Therefore, a cross-cultural approach to communication is emphasized to prepare students for the global marketplace, which is significantly more culturally diverse than ever
before in history.
Our graduates report that they are working for major companies in:
- Human resources
- Higher education (admissions and student services)
- Public relations
- Various leadership and service positions
Using internships and academic minors as a way of preparing for a particular career, Human Communication Studies majors continually find themselves competitive in almost any career choice, due to their ability to adapt quickly to changing markets.
The average salary for Human Communications jobs in PA is $56,000.