The major prepares students as working professionals and for further graduate study in the communications and training fields. Beyond taking the common required courses, students adapt the major to their individual needs and backgrounds by pursuing one of the three sequences and choosing appropriate elective courses. Students plan their specific programs in consultation with their advisors. Graduates of the program are in career areas such as advertising, cable TV, college teaching, consulting, customer service, film-making, human resource development, instructional design and development, journalism, media management, media writing, public affairs, public relations, TV production/direction, and training.

Employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2012 to 2022.
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015, U.S. Department of Labor

Today
In our high-speed world, information is currency and the ability to communicate effectively is a requirement if you want to make an impact in business, government, media, the arts, and other vital fields.

A Choice of Sequences
You can adapt your studies to meet your individual goals by pursuing one of the three sequences: Communication Studies, Media Communication, and Human Performance and Training, and choosing appropriate elective courses. You will also be prepared for further graduate study in the communication and training fields.

Choice of Careers
Graduates of the program enjoy careers in film-making, advertising, television production/direction, journalism, customer service, human resource development, higher education, instructional design and development, media management, media writing, public relations, and job training. 

2016 to 2018 Course Schedule Plan

Resources

Career Resources
Learn about careers in communication, training, and related fields by clicking on topics below. Also, please be sure to check out GSU's Office of Career Services in room A1120.

Current students: please visit MyGSU for additional resources.

Look for sites like these online:
Tips for Writing Your Resume

10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume

10 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

Pathways to Careers in Communication

New Jersey Communication Association

Writing Personal Statements & Application Letters

Survey of Communication PhDs. five years after earning their degree

Careers in the Field of Communication
Ever wonder what you can do with a degree in Communication?
Check out this list of famous people who earned their degree in Communication to find out which presidents, actors, athletes, journalists, and magazine moguls have studied communication.

Advertising
marketing specialist · copywriter · account executive · sales manager · media planner · media buyer · creative director · media sales representative · public opinion researcher

Communication Education
language arts coordinator · high school speech teacher · forensic/debate coach · drama director · college or university professor · speech communication department chairperson

Electronic Media/Radio-Television Broadcasting
broadcasting station manager · director of broadcasting · film/tape librarian · community relations director · unit manager · film editor · news director · news writer · transmitter engineer · technical director · advertising sales coordinator · traffic/ continuity specialist · media buyer · market researcher · actor · announcer · disc jockey · news anchor · public relations manager · comedy writer · casting director · researcher · business manager · account executive · floor manager · talk show host

Journalism
reporter · editor · newscaster · author · copywriter · script writer · publisher · news service researcher · technical writer · acquisitions editor · media interviewer · talk show host

Public Relations
publicity manager · advertising manager · marketing specialist · press agent · lobbyist · corporate public affairs specialist · account executive · development officer · fundraiser · membership recruiter · sales manager · media analyst · media planner · creative director · audience analyst · news writer · public opinion researcher

Theatre/Performing Arts/ Dramatic Arts
performing artists · script writer · producer · director · arts administrator · performing arts educator · costume designer · scenic designer · lighting designer · theatre critic · makeup artist · stage manager · model · theatre professor · casting director

Careers in Fields Related to Communication
Business

sales representative · executive manager · personal manager · public information officer · industrial and labor relations representative · negotiator · director of corporate communication · customer service representative · newsletter editor · communication trainer · human resource manager · buyer

Education
teacher · school counselor · educational researcher · audiovisual specialist · educational administrator · school/ university information specialist · director of college news · director of collegiate information center · educational tester · developmental officer · educational fundraiser · alumni officer · college placement officer · college admission director · college recruiter

Government/Politics
public information officer · speech writer · legislative assistant · campaign director · research specialist · program coordinator · negotiator · lobbyist · press secretary · elected official

Health Care
health educator · school health care administrator · medical grant writer · hospital director of communication · clinic public relations director · health communication analyst · research analysis · medical training supervisor · communications manager for federal health agencies · health personnel educator · medical center publications editor · hospice manager · drug rehabilitationist · health care counselor · activities director · marketing director · health facility fundraiser

High Technology Industries
trainer for communication technologies · closed circuit television producer/ director · system analyst · technical copywriter · language specialist · speech synthesizer · cognition researcher · audio and visual computer display specialist · performance assessor

International Relations
on-air international broadcasting talent · corporate representative · translator · student tour coordinator · diplomat · foreign relations officer · host/ hostess for foreign dignitaries · foreign correspondent

Law
public defender · corporate lawyer · district attorney · public interest lawyer · private practice lawyer · legal researcher · mediation and negotiation specialist · paralegal researcher · legal secretary · legal reporter · legal educator

Social and Human Services
Public administrator · social worker · recreational supervisor · human rights officer · community affairs liaison · park service public relations specialist · philanthropic representative · religious leader · mental counselor

Professional and Academic Associations
Communication & Media Communication Associations
The Independent Feature Project

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Women in Film Chicago

 Documentary Filmmaking

Directors Guild of America

Writers Guild of America

Digital Filmmaker's Resources Site

Association for Multimedia Communication

Association for Women in Communication

International Association of Business Communicators

Journalist's Resource

Human Performance and Training Associations
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)

Chicago Chapter of American Society for Training and Development (CCASTD)

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

Information Technology Training Association (ITTA)

International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)

Chicago International Society for Performance Improvement (CISPI)

Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT)

Academic Associations
National Communication Association (NCA)

International Communication Association (ICA)

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)

Western States Communication Association (WSCA)

Eastern Communication Association (ECA)

World Communication Association (WCA)

American Communication Association (ACA)

University Film and Video Association

Broadcast Education Association

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

Pop Culture & American Culture Associations

Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS)

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG)

Association for Cultural Studies

International Listening Association

Advising Information

Communication Studies Sequence, (advisor assigned at time of admission)

Yevette Brown
Associate Professor
Academic Program Coordinator
708.235.3952
ybrown@govst.edu

Debbie James
Assistant Professor
708.534.3140
djames@govst.edu

Michele McMaster
University Lecturer
708.534.3198
mmcmaster@govst.edu

Jason Zingsheim
Assistant Professor
708.534.7493
jzingsheim@govst.edu

Human Performance and Training Sequence
Lisa Helm
Administrative Coordinator
708.534.3085
lhendrickson@govst.edu

Media Communication Sequence, (advisor assigned at time of admission)

Yevette Brown
Associate Professor
Academic Program Coordinator
708.235.3952
ybrown@govst.edu

Sang Hoon Lee
Associate Professor
708.534.4118
slee@govst.edu

Dan Nearing
Professor
708.534.4085
dnearing@govst.edu