Clarkson's communication degree program is one of the most open and flexible on campus. It integrates communication, design and technology. Students develop a highly transferable and flexible repertoire of abilities and a solid, conceptual understanding of communication theory and practice. Together, these prepare students to pursue professional careers in graduate programs in this dynamic field.
Starting with a set of five required courses, students develop abilities which are the foundation of any successful 21st century career in communication: writing, speaking, design, teamwork and communication theory. Students then enhance and deepen these abilities through seven additional communication courses, which can be focused in areas like new media or technical communication.
The general requirements for the B.S. in Communication ensure that students have substantial exposure to math, science, technology computing and liberal arts. Communications majors are required to obtain 15 credit hours in an external field (e.g. biology, computer science, digital arts, business, history, information technology) which often provides them with a secondary field for further personal and professional development.
Students can use the remaining credits required for graduation to pursue individual interests or career goals. Internship and research projects for class credit are encouraged to supplement classroom learning. Clarkson provides students with an internship opportunity at the Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication, in the Publication Office, or student may choose a location outside of the University.
Students may also earn a double major by fulfilling the requirements for the B.S. in Communication and another discipline at Clarkson, often without overload coursework. Students pursuing other majors may acquire a Minor in Communication.