Communication Major

Declare a Major in Communication for MAIN Campus

Step 1: Students must complete the online information session. Click here for the Online Major Information Session.

Step 2: Complete the online quiz AND the academic agreement (links provided in the information session). New majors are declared every Friday at the start of the business day.

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About the Major

The Communication Major provides students with communication skills that are useful for a variety of professional careers. Our mission is to provide students majoring in Communication with the ability to speak and write clearly and effectively, complete research to better understand the world around them, become critical consumers of information, and apply critical thinking skills to real world challenges.

Through communication, humans structure their environment and determine the nature of their relationships with others. This major centers on the scientific study of communication, its processes and effects. Students may take courses related to interpersonal communication, social influence and persuasion, or the social effects of media and new information technologies. Because communication is the most basic social behavior and the means by which individuals function in society, its study is relevant to many academic and career interests. However, the major does not focus on specific skills training such as public relations, broadcast journalism, or sports marketing.


  • Continuing students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0, no pending incomplete grades.
  • There are NO courses required before declaring the major.

Important Course Registration Information

Declaring the Communication major does not guarantee registration in Communication courses. Registration is on a first come first served basis during priority registration and during open enrollment. Additionally, courses are subject to prerequisite requirements. Please note, all prerequisites for Communication courses are waived during the summer and winter terms.

Attention: The Communication Department is not responsible for any fees associated with your current program of study. If you need to change your major immediately, please email a Communication advisor and request that your major be changed to “No Major Selected in Social and Behavioral Sciences” while you are in the process of changing your major to “Communication”.

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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