Why Study Communication?
There is probably nothing more important than the study of communication: the processes
by which people create, shape, and share meaning through verbal, nonverbal, and visual
messages. From interpersonal relationships, to working in groups and organizations,
to participating in public discourse, to processing information received from the
media, to interacting with members of other cultures, communication is the essential
What Can You Do With a Communication Degree?
There are many professional opportunities for those who choose to major in communication.
Communication majors are in high demand because they are effective speakers and writers;
can present a carefully reasoned and supported argument; have strong interpersonal,
group, and organizational communication skills; understand the role of the media in
contemporary society; and can critically assess situations and adapt communicatively
to changes in the work environment.
What Does the U of M Communication Department Do?
The Department of Communication at The University of Memphis helps its undergraduate
majors to understand more fully what communication is and how it can be applied effectively
in a variety of contexts and settings. The program provides needed background and
skills that help to make students successful in their chosen professional careers,
as well as prepare them for advanced graduate study.
What Concentrations Does the Department Offer?
Undergraduate communication majors may choose from the following concentrations:
Communication Studies. This concentration is designed for students who desire a broad understanding of communication
coupled with a practical education. Courses address areas such as rhetoric, political
communication, health communication, interpersonal and small group communication,
interracial and intercultural communication, and new media. By integrating philosophy,
theory, history, criticism, research, ethics, and practice, these courses prepare
students for the wide variety of opportunities available to communication professionals
and/or for graduate education.
The Communication Studies concentration is also offered as an online degree. For more
information about online degrees, see the University of Memphis eCampus website, or contact the Program Coordinator.
Film and Video Production. This concentration operates within the aesthetic, historical, and theoretical traditions
of communication, offering students the skills and knowledge necessary for employment
in the film and video production industry, working as an independent producer, and/or
for graduate education. Students have ample opportunities at the introductory, intermediate,
and advanced levels of the program to experience "hands-on" courses that prepare them
for practicing the art and craft of film and video making. Please note: This concentration is available only ON-CAMPUS. The FVP concentration may NOT be completed online.
Any student wishing to minor in any area in the Department of Communication should
see the department chair who will assign an appropriate advisor. The minor must consist
of at least 18 hours of approved coursework, 9 of which must be upper division. Coursework
for all minors will be determined by the student in conference with the advisor with
the approval of the department chair.