Major Overview

With the rapid increase in technology, the communications field is a quickly growing job field. Students who major in this field will develop excellent writing, critical thinking, and organizational skills that allow them to work in a variety of occupations. Students can choose a variety of majors and specializations. Some of the more rare majors not covered in other sections of communication and journalism are Agricultural Communications and Journalism and Business Communications.

Agricultural Communications and Journalism allows students to combine their passion for journalism and agriculture. Students will take classes in journalistic writing, video production techniques, photojournalism, broadcast news, and editing and design while also taking businesses classes that focus on agricultural economics, animals and plant sciences, and forestry. This degree will equip you with the skills to communicate any issues or advances within the agriculture business.

A degree in Business Communications prepares students to handle communications between multiple departments to ensure information is properly and clearly spread throughout an organization. Some Business Communications classes include advertising and marketing communications, interpersonal and group communication, media analysis and criticism, public relations writing, and public speaking. These classes will teach you how to write and speak professionally within a business setting.

Required Skills

Any major in Communications will require similar skills. Strong writing and interpersonal skills are necessary to ensure efficient communication. Students pursuing these majors should also have a passion for the topic they decide to concentrate in. These degrees will prepare you for a communications job in media, journalism, publishing, advertising, business and more.

Depending on the type of job, work hours may vary. News can happen at any time, so you may need to work odd hours covering important topics. Although internships are not required, they will provide experience within your field and get you noticed by possible employers. Agricultural Communications and Journalism majors should work on their campus newspaper or magazine to gain experience interviewing and writing news articles.

Careers

Those who graduate after majoring in communications can find work in a variety of fields in advertising, public relations, or other communications related jobs. Those who learned Agricultural Communications can work for farm and non-farm publications, news studios, or radio stations covering all aspects of agriculture. A Business Communications degree gives graduates possible careers working for companies managing organizational communication or working as speechwriters or publishers.

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