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Communication

Study how people make meaning in organizations, communities and cultures.

Communication is fundamental to building relationships, sharing information, influencing others, resolving conflict and collaborating effectively. As a communication major or minor, you will:

  • Learn how to craft and deliver messages through writing and public speaking.
  • Research how people and organizations use media to shape perception and behavior.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the field through capstone courses and an internship.

At A Glance

  • 12:1
    Student-to-faculty ratio
  • 18
    Average class size

Possible Careers

Practice Management Team Leader & Coach
Benjamin Thelen ’17 | Key Management Group
Communications Coordinator
Aline Batawi ’18 | Council of Michigan Foundations
Social Media Strategist
Monica Kunovszky ’18 | Mashallah
Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Elizabeth Blasius ’18 | Specialty Smile Partners
Foreign Service Officer
Marianna Smith ’17 | U.S. Agency for International Development

Study how people make meaning in organizations, communities and cultures.

Communication is fundamental to building relationships, sharing information, influencing others, resolving conflict and collaborating effectively. As a communication major or minor, you will:

  • Learn how to craft and deliver messages through writing and public speaking.
  • Research how people and organizations use media to shape perception and behavior.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the field through capstone courses and an internship.

Explore

Student & Alumni Spotlights

No one describes the Alma experience better than those living it. Explore their stories, in their own words, below.

The communication major in Alma is structured in a way that allows you to easily combine it with the second major, enabling you to implement your communication skills in another field right away, which really boosts you as a prospective employee. 

Alexandra Voskoboynikova, `24

I was a communication major and one of the things that I really enjoyed about that track of study was the ability with the liberal arts education in particular to take additional classes across discipline like graphic design and things that interested me. 

Betsy Pilon, `03

The communication major in Alma is structured in a way that allows you to easily combine it with the second major, enabling you to implement your communication skills in another field right away, which really boosts you as a prospective employee. 

Alexandra Voskoboynikova, `24

I was a communication major and one of the things that I really enjoyed about that track of study was the ability with the liberal arts education in particular to take additional classes across discipline like graphic design and things that interested me. 

Betsy Pilon, `03

Get to Know Communication

Communication majors and minors will take interdisciplinary courses, do critical and creative project work, and complete required internships to prepare for professional careers in communication or graduate work.

Meet the Faculty

Thanks to our low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll build close relationships with your instructors, who will help you chart a path unique to you. Learn about our faculty.

Professional Development

As a communication major, you'll be required to participate in an internship that provides valuable real-world experience. Find out more about career support at Alma.

Explore the Curriculum

Learn more about the fundamental courses that will offer a roadmap for your academic growth and expertise development.

Critical. Creative. Practical.

As a communication student, you’ll tailor your academic trajectory to your career goals. Alongside our core curriculum and capstones, you’ll work closely with our faculty to choose courses and internship opportunities that reflect your interests.

You’ll survey the principles of public relations and strategic corporate communication practices. You’ll consider how cultural messages and communication channels mold our personal, familial and professional lives. And you’ll examine how communication applies to different sectors, such as sports, health and politics.

What You Need to Know

Studying communication equips you with valuable, transferable skills that are in high demand. Our alumni forge careers in public health, sports and entertainment, environmental advocacy, human resources, counseling, public relations and political campaigning — to name just a few potential professions!

As a communication graduate, you’ll also enjoy strong earning prospects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the median salary for a media and communications professional is almost $20,000 above the national average. 

Have any questions?

Contact us today for more information on this program and more.

Communication and New Media Studies Chair

Anthony Collamati
(989) 463-7330
collamatiaj@alma.edu

Admissions

Admissions Office
800-321-ALMA
admissions@alma.edu