Why Choose a Communication Major
Students who major in communication choose from the five concentrations listed below, each of which is designed to prepare them to pursue a career as a communication professional. Many students opt to complete two concentrations or to pair the communication major with a second major or minor in subjects such as African American Studies, English, film studies, gender studies, marketing, political science, pre-law, and psychology.
Majoring in communication means studying the creation, dissemination, and reception of messages that matter. The field of communication is constantly transforming, and our concentrations allow you to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and connections to land you an immediate job or a spot in a top graduate program. At MSU we stress a hands-on approach to learning as well as a theoretical approach. This practical approach may come in the forms of theatre set design, preparing a public relations strategy, covering a news story, to strategizing with a non-profit. Our faculty bring a blend of scholarly activity and creative professional work to the classroom, and students also learn from each other through their work in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities that complement formal instruction.
MSU offers a variety of ways to be involved in student activities via Take 30 (Tv news), the Reflector (newspaper), Hail State Productions (University Television), WMSV (Radio), the DMC (Digital Media Center), PRISM (Public Relations Integrated Student Media), undergraduate research, and a variety of annual theatrical productions. In addition, MSU hosts the Theta Alpha chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) - the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association, PRAM - a regional organization comprised of college students and the best public relations practitioners in Mississippi and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the largest pre-professional organization for public relations students in the nation.
At the MSU Department of Communication, we're small enough to know you, big enough to challenge you and diverse enough to stretch you.