Effective communication is consistently one of the most sought after skills by employers across industries. At West Chester University, we prepare our Communication Studies students with the talent, knowledge, and understanding to be leaders in our rapidly changing world. The Communication Studies (COM) major at West Chester University teaches students to observe, interpret, and evaluate human communication in a wide variety of contexts. Students explore the “how” of human interaction by studying a series of questions including: How do people form and send messages to one another? How do we interpret and act on the messages we receive? How do we create and maintain personal relationships with others? How do we construct a compelling argument and influence others? How do we resolve conflict? By addressing these questions and focusing on oral communication as a skill transferable across all careers, our students are highly sought after in every field when they graduate. AT WCU, what you do outside the classroom is just as important as what you do in it.
Students can study communication as a generalized degree, or may choose to take focused electives, leading to a specialization in: Public Communication: Explores communication in public settings; Relational Communication: Explores communication in private settings; Organizational Communication: Explores communication in workplace settings.