Department of Communication

Communication Studies

Why should you choose COMS as your major?

We asked COMS majors why they would recommend their major to a friend on campus. Here’s what they had to say in their own words.

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What can you do with your COMS degree?

You can pursue a wide variety of career pathways, because the COMS major will equip you with the skills you will need to be successful. 97% of UM COMS graduates seeking work are employed full time in communication-related fields. 24% successfully pursue graduate school.

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We offer a flexible 39 credit hour curriculum that allows you to select the COMS classes that will complement your personal and professional interests. You can learn more about what our seniors are doing with their COMS major by checking out their COMS Senior Showcase videos and portfolios.

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How can you pay for your COMS degree?

We offer scholarship opportunities for you at every stage of your academic career including the Dean of Fine Arts Scholarship in Communication Studies for first-time students or first-time transfers, the Ellen Haven Gould Alumni Scholarship for first year students, the Lynn Cook Bennett Scholarship for rising sophomores and juniors, and the Wales Wallace Scholarship in Communication Studies for juniors and seniors. Learn more and apply for COMS scholarships here!

How can you take your COMS skills to the next level?

Internships: COMS students who are interested in preparing for the workplace often choose to complete an internship. Apply here. Submit your weekly report here. Submit your internship evaluation here.

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Directed Studies: COMS students who are interested in preparing for graduate school often choose to work with faculty mentors to conduct undergraduate research projects and present their work at academic conferences. Apply here.

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COMS Presentation Room: If you’re looking to improve your communication skills, conduct a virtual interview, or record a presentation, you can utilize the COMS Presentation Room (CPR). The CPR offers several resources, including a television, professional backdrop, dry erase board, table, chairs, ring light, and tripod. It is available for COMS and MC students for class and professional use. Learn more here. Reserve the space here.

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