Prepare for Valuable Communication Careers
Today’s employers seek college graduates with outstanding communication skills, particularly listening, verbal and written communication abilities. Check out NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 survey to discover the importance employers place on oral communication and team work skills. Courses at Drury University will support your growth in these areas and your senior portfolio will allow you to showcase these talents.
There are countless career opportunities for individuals with an educational background in the communication discipline. For instance, between 2010 and 2020, Public Relations Specialists and Meeting, Convention and Event Planners are two communication careers that are expected to be among the Top 50 Fastest-Growing Occupations in the U.S.
Work with Outstanding Faculty
Students selecting a major in the Department of Communication will work with faculty who are passionate teachers, experts in their respective fields of study, and engaged mentors who work closely with students in the academic and career planning processes. Faculty understand the competitive nature of today’s workplace, so courses are designed to develop well-rounded students who are cable of problem-solving and communicating research-driven solutions in a variety of contexts.
Sharpen Your Competitive Advantage
Early in their academic careers, departmental majors are encouraged to submit scholarly papers to the Central States Communication Association annual conference, compete as a member of Ad Team in the American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition, and/or enter their work in one of several state-wide media competitions. Students will also have multiple opportunities while completing the departmental curriculum to present class projects to communication professionals and receive valuable feedback on their work. Our goal is to arm students with the experience and information that’s needed to achieve personal and professional goals.
Explore Professional Learning Opportunities
Students are encouraged to sharpen their communication skills by becoming involved with the Drury Mirror (the student newspaper), KDRU, (the student radio station), and/or DUTV, (the student television station). It’s possible to earn academic credit for your involvement with these student media organizations. The Drury Advertising Club, Drury’s student chapter of the American Advertising Federation, offers students the opportunity to develop an integrated marketing communications plans book for a national client. Students who excel in communication studies (or one of the other two majors) may be eligible for membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society of the National Communication Association. Talk with your academic advisor about all of the extra-curricular activities that are available in the department.
Network with Outstanding Alumni
Our alumni are applying their liberal arts education and professional expertise in occupations across the U.S. When you become a major in the Department of Communication, you’re joining a community of students, faculty, and alumni who help one another define and achieve their career goals. Visit our alumni page to meet a few of our graduates and sign-up for a free LinkedIn account so you can begin to grow your connections with the professional community.