Communication

Every professional path—really, every facet of life—demands clear, effective communication. Businesses and governments need people who can collaborate, manage conflict, exchange information and make persuasive cases for ideas. And in our personal relationships, understanding how we communicate—and how communication breaks down—makes all the difference.

As a Communication (COM) major, you’ll learn the theory and practice of communication, developing skills you can apply immediately and throughout a career in any field you choose..


 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

Expository Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16

 

Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

 

At a Glance

Journalism

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Programs Offered:

Major in Communication
Major in Communication Specializations:

  • Strategic Public Communication and Public Relations
  • Health & Wellness Communication
  • Leadership in Organizations & Community
  • Relationships and Family Communication
  • Communication and Technology

Major in Information Technology and Informatics

Major in Journalism and Media Studies
Major in JMS specializations:

  • Sports Journalism
  • Global Media

Minor in Digital Communication, Information, and Media
Minor in Gender and Media

Joint and Dual Degree Programs:
BA/MCM –available to Communication majors and Journalism and Media Studies majors
BA/MI – available to Information Technology and Informatics

Location:
College Avenue Campus

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