Why Study Communication | LSU Department of Communication Studies

Why Communication Studies?

A student with a background in communication has the knowledge, skills, and experience to devise any career plan of choice. Certain fundamental skills, such as the ability to communicate orally and in writing, provide the essentials for any career.  Employers desire employees with good communication skills.

Communication Studies majors are prepared to enter a variety of careers because of the broad applicability of the skills they develop. Some of those skills and abilities are:

  • informing/explaining
  • message formats
  • organizing networks
  • communication audits
  • critical thinking
  • performing texts
  • creating/innovating
  • demographics
  • leadership
  • speech writing
  • analyzing written/oral discourse
  • problem solving
  • negotiating
  • evaluating/comparing ideas
  • decision making
  • interpersonal skills
  • conducting interviews
  • heuristics
  • public speaking skills
  • working with a team
  • persuading/influencing
  • gathering information
  • summarizing ideas
  • adapting ideas
  • analyzing public policy
  • communication ethics
  • executive coaching

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