curriculum might include, but not be limited to, the following courses:

Example of Required Courses

Example of Other Communication Courses

What skills will I develop?

Of course, one of the major skills you will develop is your oral communication skills. One does not need to already be a "natural" orator to be a Communication Studies major, although it is a skill you will develop throughout the major.  Other skills you will develop include critical thinking and decision making, writing and research skills, as well as group facilitation and leadership skills. Communication skills are "transferable" skills, meaning they will be of great value in any career you may choose.  According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, communication skills are the number one skill set employers in all industries want.

What career opportunities are there for someone with this degree?

The Communications Studies degree is versatile. Graduates can work in politics and social action, human resources, broadcasting, public relations, sales, or other business related fields. Communication Studies graduates can work as speechwriters, lobbyists, conflict resolution specialists, columnists, or as web designers. They are also prepared for law school or other post-graduate study. Here is what some recent Butler graduates are doing with their degrees:

Where can I get more information?

Communication Studies Department
Fairbanks 218
(317) 940-9339

Internship and Career Services
Atherton Union 315
(317) 940-9383

Exploratory Studies
Jordan Hall 136
(317) 940-9308

American Communication Association

National Communication Association

Communication Academic Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook




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Jesus Interrupted 50

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them) by Bart D. Ehrman, Harper Collins, 2009 - Reviewed by James F. McGrath

In his latest book, Bart Ehrman seeks to introduce a wider audience to important aspects of the New Testament. The historical-critical approach Ehrman outlines is familiar to Biblical scholars, and common knowledge to . . .
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House: A Memoir by Michael Ruhlman, Viking Adult, 2005 - Reviewed by Anne Wilson

Michael Ruhlman is far better known for his books on cooks and cooking, but this memoir of the home he renovated in Cleveland Heights, OH is an introspective examination of home, community, restoration and suburban culture.
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No Angle 50

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton, Crown, 2009 - Reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

No Angel is a heart-wrenching chronicle of one man's dark night of the soul, and a welcome addition to the ranks of crime and crime fighting memoirs.
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Beer Blood Cornmeal 50

Beer, Blood, & Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling by Bob Calhoun, ECW Press, 2008 - Reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Mickey Rourke's Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler offered a glance into the lives of "minor league" professional wrestlers, and Calhoun's book sustains the gaze over . . .
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Swan Peak by James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, 2008 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

If you have never read two-time Edgar-Award-winning novelist James Lee Burke, you are in for a treat, especially if you fancy well-developed characters together with . . .
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How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories: Evolutionary Enigmas by David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton, Columbia University Press, 2009 - Reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

This husband and wife team, he an evolutionary biologist at the University of Washington and she a clinical psychiatrist, have written a delightful and thought-provoking volume . . .
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