Program NameApplied Communication Studies
College/SchoolCollege of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentDepartment of Applied Communication Studies
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication Studies
Applied Communication Studies at SIUE
The study of communication involves the development of theories and research tools to analyze, explain and improve human interaction. Departmental courses focus on two-person interaction, small-group decision making, communication patterns in organizations and other complex systems, public relations, and speaker-audience interaction in public speaking.
In America, employers increasingly recognize the need for more effective communication. As a result, job opportunities for graduates trained in applied communication studies are prevalent in business and industry, government agencies, educational systems, non-profit organizations, and community-based resource centers. Graduates often have several career choices. Examples of communication careers departmental graduates have entered are: teaching and administration; management, training and consulting in organizations; public relations; human relations and employee assistance programs; sales; and government service. Graduates find employment in various types of for-profit and nonprofit organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Applied communication is also an in-demand minor for students majoring in areas such as, business, mass communications, political science and sociology. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate school.