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Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) 1112
"Students collaborate with me on communication access projects such as Internet captioning. My work with one student led to stronger federal rules, and he went on to be recognized nationally for his advocacy for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people."– Dr. Christian Vogler, research Director of Gallaudet's Technology Access Program
Much like in personal relationships, communication is the key to success in business and your career. Communication majors learn the skills most desired by employers:
The Communication Studies program teaches students about intrapersonal, interpersonal, public, intercultural, and corporate communication to provide the firm foundation necessary for creating a successful career in fields such as media, health communication, human resources, and public relations. You’ll come out of the communication program with the ability to think critically, express ideas impactfully, and understand the diverse forms of communication that draw people in.
Altogether, students will have the ability to put their knowledge and experience into practice as they take up positions of influence in their communities or continue postgraduate studies.
Technology Access Program
Students in the Communication program can collaborate with faculty in the Technology Access Program (TAP) on various research projects. TAP conducts communication technology-related research with the goal of providing useful, and relevant information to industry, government, and deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers looking for equality in communication.
Students in our Communication Studies program are required to do an internship for career exploration, job experience, and/or the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the major. Students can earn up to three credit hours toward the major requirements through an internship. There are opportunities to intern with Gallaudet's Office of University Communications.
Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society
To achieve the honor of Lambda Pi Eta membership, students must have junior or senior standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; must have completed at least 12 credits in Communication Studies with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher; and are required to be enrolled full-time and in good standing.
Alice M. Teegarden Memorial Award
The Alice M. Teegarden Memorial Award recognizes excellence in public presenting. Any Communication Studies major or minor who has passed or is currently enrolled in COM 290: Public Presentations and has a GPA of 2.75 or better is eligible for the award. The Communication Studies program hosts an annual competition for public presentations. Finalists receive certificates of participation and winners are recognized with the Teegarden Memorial Award and presented with the Teegarden Memorial Scholarship. Their names are also engraved on plaques commemorating the achievement.
Students in our communication program graduate with knowledge of theoretical communication perspectives, the implications and importance of communication, and be able to grasp concepts of cross-cultural communication. Throughout their time in our program, students will amass experience in various modes of communication including one-on-one and nonverbal communication and public speaking. In addition, students will understand the benefits and effects of mass communication. Altogether, students will have the ability to put their knowledge and experience into practice as they take up positions of influence in their communities.
Employment in the Communication Studies field is projected to grow 17% from 2022-2029, faster than the average for all occupations.
Communication careers include fundraising, public relations, crisis management, and marketing. Learn more about career opportunities in fundraising and marketing.
Employment as a Public Relations Specialist is projected to grow 7% from 2022-2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The average salary for a public relations specialist is $62,810 per year. Learn more about career opportunities in public relations.
Employment in management occupations in the field of Communication Studies is projected to grow 5% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The average salary for management in the field of Communication Studies is $109,760 per year. Learn more about career opportunities in this field.
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