Hiram College

Communication Major

Traditional Undergraduate

Conveying Ideas Through Communication

At Hiram, students learn that clear and concise communication is essential to building and maintaining relationships. As the foundation of all professional and personal relationships, communication conveys ideas, builds discourse between cultures, and markets goods and services to the public.

Who are Hiram’s Communication Students?

Communication majors at Hiram College are curious, open-minded, and hardworking. As students aim to prepare themselves for a career that relies on effectively and ethically conveying ideas. If you’re wondering what types of careers communication majors pursue, you can learn more below.

As communication students engage with their peers and faculty members, they build meaningful relationships within the program that help them achieve their fullest potential. With a shared sense of solidarity and personalized attention from professors, communication majors earn their degrees with network ties and a sense of responsibility that serve them well beyond their time at Hiram.

About the Communication Degree Program

Hiram’s rigorous communication major is grounded in a diverse curriculum, providing students with both a well-rounded foundation and the opportunity to tailor the degree with an area of study they’re truly passionate about, including:

  • Health communication
  • Public relations
  • Sports communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Mass and mediated communication
  • Relational communication
  • Rhetorical communication

Faculty members use courses to test and refine their students’ skills through written analyses, oral presentations, group work, independent research, and apprenticeship opportunities. Students experience a sense of connection as they receive direction and encouragement. The individualized attention and mentorship opportunities empower Hiram students to put their skills to practical use, cutting across audiences, purposes, contexts, and channels to address real-world issues.

Learning outcomes in Communication include the following:

  • To recognize the importance of a theory-based curriculum with roots in the Liberal Arts.
  • To apply multiple theoretical perspectives and diverse intellectual underpinnings in the discipline to explain communication phenomena.
  • To enhance student proficiency in both oral and written discourse with diverse others.
  • To demonstrate systematic inquiry (the process of asking questions and systematically attempting to answer them, and understanding the limits of the conclusions reached).
  • To analyze and practice ethical communication as a function of enlightened and free choice.
  • To demonstrate competency in human relational communication (the basis for faculty-faculty, faculty-student, and student- student relationships, in and out of the classroom as open, honest, and affirming).
  • To employ theory and research to construct and analyze arguments and discourse intended to influence beliefs, attitudes, values, and practices.
  • To engage in the analysis, interpretation, and critique of media.

    What Careers Can You Pursue with the Communication Major?

    The communication major allows Hiram graduates to pursue any career that requires effective communication, making it ideal for those who want to build the new liberal arts™ skills that lead to career success. Common career paths include the following:

    • Public relations specialist
    • Marketing manager
    • Social media manager
    • Radio producer
    • Broadcast content manager
    • Journalist
    • Editor
    • Communication coordinator
    • Human resources professional
    • Public speaker or speech writer
    • Pharmaceutical sales representative
    • Educator (corporate or higher education)
    • Lawyer
    • The National Communication Association, the organization that studies all forms of communication.

    By pairing communication with a minor in another discipline, communication majors can further tailor their degree to their unique ambitions. The major pairs well with any Hiram minor, and students frequently choose the following pairings:

    Learn more about communication majors’ life after Hiram. You can also explore the program requirements.

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Xinlu Yu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

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