"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 ability to work in teams
  • The skill to communicate with diverse audiences in a variety of settings
  • The capability to create and edit information
  • The capacity to make compelling presentations in front of small and large audiences

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.

Opportunities and Outcomes

Research

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.

Internship Opportunities

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.

Experience

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.

Job Outlook

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.

Student Success Stories & Testimonials

  • "Coming to Gallaudet University was the best decision I ever made. I had countless opportunities and many rich experiences, and I grew as a person and a student. It was an amazing journey, and I know that my Gallaudet degree will open many doors for me in the future." - Vanita Dama, '16
  • "My job at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has taught me how to support and work with diverse people from different backgrounds. Working here is special to me because I was once an immigrant myself. Now, I give hope to others." - Angela Marie Vasquez, '11, Mission Support Specialist at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • "Working for the student newspaper as a writer for four years and as editor-in-chief in my senior year was the experience of a lifetime. It furthered my interest in a career in publishing." - Kayla Head, '15, Antioch, TN