The study of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts. The Communication discipline studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of human communication, creating flexibility in career choices and opportunities for personal development. Our students: 

develop critical thinking abilities to evaluate communication problems and find solutions
engage in experiential learning in the community and build toward career goals with hands-on projects
apply knowledge to conduct research with faculty in areas of interest
create messages designed for specific audiences, contexts, and goals
understand and navigate differences in our global society

We offer three different concentrations for majors as well as a generalist option:

Communication and Social Influence (CSI)
Health Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication (generalist)


Communication is the backbone of any workplace. The Communication major, grounded in the liberal arts tradition at MTSU, builds valuable assets that can lead to many rewarding career opportunities in today’s dynamic workforce. The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most highly sought skills by employers. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2020 Survey found that the knowledge and skills taught in Communication courses are essential to being hired. 

Click here to see just some of the careers our graduates are currently working.

What Our Students Say

Want to hear what students say about our major? Here is Gabriella Jaimes, class of 2022, talking about her experiences with Comm Studies!