College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Strategic Communication?
Strategic communication is the study of how and why organizations and individuals use communication to negotiate their role in society. Public relations is a central component of strategic communication and involves the study of how organizations at all levels (business, non-profits, government organizations, social issues groups) use responsible behavior and two-way communication to influence public opinions and behaviors of key publics as well as respond to and adapt to the concerns of those publics. Key publics are diverse and can include groups such as employees, consumers, government, community, investors, and the media among others.
Strategic communication incorporates both theoretical and practical aspects based on a solid liberal arts foundation. It encompasses public relations as well as a broad focus on social influence. Students in this major draw on coursework and concepts from Mass Communication, Speech Communication, Marketing, Statistics, Interactive Media Studies and Journalism.
A general interest in exploring and understanding social influence and the role of public relations on society at multiple levels, with an emphasis on analysis, diagnosis and interventions regarding communication and influence issues/concerns in public and organizational contexts
Writing for different formats
Applying persuasive skills
Working with a variety of technology formats
Working as part of a team
Working against deadlines
Attending to accuracy and
Evaluating ideas and structures in communication events
Gathering information and data
Recommending solutions to problems
- Designing projects
Sizing up situations
Adapting to needs of diverse publics
- Research analyst
Customer service representative
Employee relations staff
Public affairs director
Corporate communication director
- Human Relations
- Community affairs administrator
Public relations representative
- Public Relations
- Media relations director
Employee relations specialist
Consumer relations director
Corporate communication director
Community relations specialist
Public information specialist
Marketing communication trainee
Assistant account executive
Public relations marketing specialist
Integrated marketing communication director
Investor relation director
Public information officer
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
Students with a degree in strategic communication may continue on to graduate study in communication, business administration, or other related fields. A strategic communication major also prepares students for law and other professional schools.
Opportunities - Experiential
Summer or volunteer work and internships at public media organizations, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, politics, social issue groups, and businesses, as well as involvement in student organizations such as the Public Relations Student Society of America and its student run firm, PRVisions, American Advertising Federation, Lambda Pi Eta, The Student newspaper, and the Forensics Team.
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