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The Communication Studies (CMST) major is designed to provide coursework, experiential learning, and close faculty mentoring support to help students become communication practitioners and leaders. The CMST program is now part of the Department of Communication located in 348 Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology.

As a communication studies student, you will select courses from our three tracks:

  • Conflict Communication Studies, in which students learn to understand and manage differences and create trust and common purpose in relationships, organizations, and communities
  • Leadership Communication Studies, in which students learn to develop their own and others ability to lead and communicate in influential and motivating ways; 
  • Public Communication and Rhetorical Studies, in which students develop the ability to use effective means of persuasion to create and respond to public messages in the 21st century.

Before completion of their degree, all majors engage in a Capstone, which allows students to apply theories and practices they've learned in their coursework within roles as FSU Communication Leadership lab assistants or as interns in regional organizations.

Upon graduating with this degree, you will be successful interacting with clients, representing organizations, and applying communication theories to assist in preparing for professional opportunities or graduate school.

Our Program Offers

  • relational, public speaking, and leadership skills most sought by employers
  • close interaction with experienced, caring faculty
  • the annual Ann L. Williams Communication Studies Scholarship for a hard-working student who best represents the program
  • participation in the Communication Leadership Lab, a student run and faculty advised virtual learning experience with the mission of encouraging CMST majors to apply their communication leadership competence across campus and in the regional community. The lab plans, convenes, and facilitates events, enhances networking and partnership building, and serves as a community of support within the major
  •  membership for eligible students in Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society of the National Communication Association