Why Choose Communication?
Communication is a broad and dynamic field of study. Students in this major study the social, psychological and cultural factors which shape human communication. They also develop specific skills in the areas of public presentation, group dynamics and interpersonal communication. As a result, they are prepared to lead and to work effectively with many kinds of people in many different settings.
Communication majors complete a set of core courses. In addition, they take a number of electives that reflect their individual interests. These include courses in conflict resolution, family communication, organizational communication, persuasion and persuasive speaking, interviewing, gender communication, human relations, nonverbal communication, broadcast presentation, broadcast writing, technical and professional presentation, intercultural communication, and leadership. Advanced students can participate in undergraduate research projects or do internships in the workplace.
The communication major is excellent preparation for a variety of career paths. These include careers in law, government, business and industry, the ministry, education, health services, and the mass media. Many graduates continue their education by attending graduate or professional school while others find immediate employment.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum of 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.
In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credits including the Communication major, the BA core, an academic minor in another field of study and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. No grade lower than 'C' will count toward the major.
Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 121
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Program Coordinator: Dr. George Nagel
Advisor: Dr. Sandy Alspach