Human Communication Degree
Students who pursue an undergraduate degree in Human Communication Sciences are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, and enjoy learning about how to help children and adults to overcome difficulties in hearing, speech, language and learning.
Most students who complete the undergraduate program go on to medical or dental school or to graduate programs in audiology, speech pathology, learning disabilities, biomedical engineering, or neuroscience. Others begin work immediately in research laboratories or for businesses that produce and market related products and services. You may choose to pursue a general education in communication sciences and disorders, or to concentrate your coursework in one or more specific areas that match your interests and career goals: audiology and hearing science, speech and language pathology, and learning disabilities. Opportunities are available for students to conduct research alongside renowned faculty investigators, and to observe clinical sessions in the new Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning.
Want to establish broad knowledge, communication skills, creative talents, critical thinking abilities and multicultural awareness that will make you widely employable? Looking for an incredibly interdisciplinary and adaptable major that combines dozens of traditional fields of study?
Human Communication majors gain broad knowledge, multicultural communication skills, creative talents, and outstanding writing and critical thinking abilities for the 21st-century workplace. Our major integrates traditional disciplines within humanities and communication with contemporary fields and explores how these fields interrelate.
We offer focused curriculum in service learning to complement the interdisciplinary work of the major. You will study across the various disciplines in order to gain an integrated understanding of world issues and problems, and you will apply your knowledge ethically, critically, and creatively toward the fulfillment of concrete personal and social goals and needs.
Why take this course?
This course focuses on understanding and evaluating contemporary ideas regarding human communication and its disorders, from biological, psychological and social perspectives.
If you hold a diploma or foundation degree and wish to upgrade your qualifications, this top-up degree is an ideal route to a career in an area of communication science.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
Benefit from the expertise of guest speakers who are at the forefront of research or have significant professional experience in the field of communication science
Undergo simulated competency tasks before putting your learning into action in the real world
Gain skills and knowledge relevant to a range of careers in the field
What opportunities might it lead to?
On completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate a range of transferrable skills, including report writing, the ability to communicate and argue complex ideas orally and the ability evaluate data and the ideas of others objectively. Primarily this course is a route to professions related to speech and language therapy; however you will have a wide range of other potential career opportunities with the skills you gain from this course.
Here are some routes you can pursue:
- speech and language therapy
- public relations
- graduate training programmes