Communication studies major

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The communication studies department at Central College offers a broad-based communication curriculum enabling students to adapt to ever-changing career demands, participate productively as citizens and engage in life-long learning. A focus on critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speaking and proficiency with technology helps prepare students for a range of professions. Graduates have secured jobs in public relations, advertising and marketing, print and broadcast journalism, human resources and other communication-related careers.



News about Communication studies

Parliament Calling

Junior Emily Rouse interned at British Parliament in London—an invaluable experience for her future career as a lawyer.


Successful Careers


Internships are a great way to gain career experience. Central students can do internships in the Pella and Des Moines area, on our Chicago or Washington, DC programs, or at one of Central's eight study abroad sites. Past internship sites have included:

Graduate Placement

2007 graduates: 85 percent employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
2006 graduates: 97 percent employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.

Learn more about internships at Central.


Sample Schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior Year

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


Central College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you'll find. In fall 2009 the communication studies department joined the education, psychology and community-based learning departments in a new 57,748 gross square foot structure, costing more than $18 million. Located on the southwest side of campus, across from the Vermeer Science Center, the three-story building features state of the art classrooms, energy conservation and environmental sustainability. Central has received a platinum LEED rating for the building.

Department Web site

Central’s communication studies department maintains its own website with even more information about majoring in communication studies.


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join! Communication-related activities include:

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.


Central offers Communication Studies scholarships of up to $2,000 for all students (majors and non-majors) planning to continue involvement at the college level. Learn more about scholarship information!