College of Communication > Academics > Communication Studies > Undergraduate > Communication Studies (BA) > Suggested Career Tracks
Students who major in Communication Studies can organize their coursework around a range of different fields and industries. These short sequences of courses (career tracks) help you focus on topic areas that interest you. No matter which career track you choose, these courses will:
These course groupings are suggestions based on common career fields; they are not official concentrations. We recommend taking at least four courses in your career track of interest.
This career track is for students who want to use communication to lead ethical social change locally, nationally and globally. You will analyze and intervene in public discourse to promote human dignity, welfare and freedom.
CMNS 315 — Health CommunicationCMNS 321 — Cultural and Symbolic CriticismCMNS 323 — Social MovementsCMNS 325 — Promoting Sustainable PracticesCMNS 326 — Environmental Rhetoric & PoliticsCMNS 333— Cultural Ways of SpeakingCMNS 343— Work/Family CommunicationCMNS 365 — Argumentation, Advocacy and DeliberationCMNS 367 — Performance for Social ChangeCMNS 308— Topic in INTC: (Social) Death, Race and the NationCMNS 348— Topic in INTC: Communicating Health, Race and Reproductive Rights
These courses give you a cross-section of skills that you'll use every day. Learn to adapt messages at work, at home and in your communities.
ORGC 201– Business and Professional CommunicationCMNS 211– Interpersonal CommunicationCMNS 230 – Performance: Communication, Creativity and the BodyCMNS 315– Health CommunicationORGC 316 – Communication and Group Decision MakingCMNS 329 – PersuasionCMNS 344- MindfulnessOGRC 354 – Employment InterviewingCMNS 355– Conflict ManagementORGC 356 – Communication ConsultingORGC 357– Topics: Communication in Sales & Customer Service
Explore how human communication processes influence and are influenced by technology. Coursework focuses on skilled content creation, user experience, and the relational effects, ethical concerns and societal implications of technology.
CMNS 280— Introduction to Digital Media SkillsCMNS 366 — Communication, Technology, and SocietyCMNS 341— Communication Networks in the Digital AgeCMNS 342 — Living Online: Relationships and Identity DevelopmentCMNS 346 — Social Media Research MethodsCMNS 311— The Dark WebORGC 359— Virtual TeamsCMNS 349 — Communication, Law & Ethics in the Digital AgeCMNS 311 — Communication, Coding & Entrepreneurship
These courses expose you to creative industries and careers in the arts.
CMNS 230 — Performance: Communication, Creativity and the BodyCMNS 304— EntrepreneurshipCMNS 300— Music IndustriesCMNS 347 — Politics of Hip HopCMNS 341— Communication Networks in the Digital AgeCMNS 367 — Performance for Social ChangeCMNS 369 — Performance of HumorCMNS 339 — Performance of Gender & SexualityCMNS 330 — Black Radical PerformanceCMNS 336 — StorytellingCMNS 301 — Audio DocumentaryORGC 359 — Virtual TeamsORGC 316 — Group Decision-Making
This career track builds your knowledge and skills for identifying, testing and creating products and services. You will also be exposed to the extensive network of entrepreneurship resources at DePaul and in the City of Chicago.
CMNS 304 — EntrepreneurshipCMNS 311— Communication, Coding and EntrepreneurshipCMNS 355 — Conflict ManagementCMNS 336 — StorytellingCMNS 329 — PersuasionORGC 316 — Communication and Group Decision-MakingCMNS 344 — MindfulnessCMNS 366— Communication, Technology and SocietyCMNS 341— Communication Networks in the Digital Age
This career track emphasizes the role that communication plays in the political process. Develop your skills in argumentation, deliberation, analysis, conflict management and negotiation.
CMNS 309— International CommunicationCMNS 321 — Cultural and Symbolic CriticismCMNS 324— Culture of ConsumptionCMNS 326 — Environmental Rhetoric and PoliticsCMNS 328— History of Rhetoric and CommunicationCMNS 329 — PersuasionCMNS 355— Conflict ManagementCMNS 365— Argumentation, Advocacy & DeliberationJOUR 360 — Political Communication
This career track explores communication processes across organizational contexts. You'll learn to identify ineffective and effective communication, problem solve and facilitate strategic change. This track prepares you for careers in human resource communication, training and development, sales communication, customer service communication, communication consulting, assessment and personnel management communication.
CMNS 304— Communication and EntrepreneurshipCMNS 325— Promoting Sustainable PracticesCMNS 329— PersuasionCMNS 355 — Conflict ManagementCMNS 343 — Work/Family CommunicationCMNS 365— Argumentation, Advocacy & DeliberationORGC 212 — Small Group CommunicationORGC 251 — Organizational CommunicationORGC 316— Communication and Group Decision MakingORGC 352 — Communication and Corporate CultureORGC 353 — Communication and Organizational ChangeORGC 354 — Employment InterviewingORGC 355 — Dark Side of Organizational CommunicationORGC 356 — Communication ConsultingORGC 358 — Diversity, Leadership & Team BuildingORGC 359 — Virtual TeamsORGC 360 — Human Resources Communication
All communication occurs within the context of a relationship — interpersonal, among group members and within an organization. These courses teach you to communicate effectively in different relationships and situations. You will increase your communication competence and understand how communication processes differ across relationship types.
CMNS 211 — Interpersonal CommunicationCMNS 311 — Topics in Relational Communication (e.g., Interpersonal Comm Theory, Health and Relationships, Sexual Communication)CMNS 312— Evolution and CommunicationCMNS 313 — Nonverbal CommunicationCMNS 314 — Family CommunicationCMNS 318— Close RelationshipsCMNS 319 — Dark Side of Personal RelationshipsCMNS 320— Deceptive CommunicationCMNS 327 — Researching RelationshipsCMNS 329— PersuasionCMNS 339 — Performance of Gender & SexualityCMNS 340 — Communication and DatingCMNS 342— Living Online: Relationship and Identity DevelopmentCMNS 355 — Conflict ManagementCMNS 361— Gender and CommunicationCMNS 344 — Mindfulness
This pathway prepares you for careers that shape the political, social and cultural landscape.
CMNS 300— Music IndustriesCMNS 347— Politics of Hip HopCMNS 369 — Performance of HumorCMNS 324— Culture of ConsumptionCMNS 308 — Latinx, Race(d) Representations & MediaCMNS 337— Asian-American Media RepresentationsCMNS 346— Social Media Research MethodsCMNS 301— Audio DocumentaryMCS 353 — Topics in Media Studies