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The Perks of a "Broad" Major

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When I say I’m a communication student, most people ask me what that means. My answer: to be honest, I’m not quite sure.

Many people are deterred from majoring in something as broad as communication because, come time of graduation, who knows what jobs to apply for! It’s not a major where you know what you will be post graduation, or where you necessarily need to go to graduate school at all. To some, the unknowingness may be stressful. Sure, it is to me tooI have actually no idea what I want to do when I finish my undergraduate education. However, there is beauty in that: I can really use my degree under any field of study. This way, the options of what jobs I can apply for are endless.

Most commonly, communication majors go into fields of marketing, advertising, policy-making, etc. However, you are not limited to these options. Luckily, with the broad scope of classes offered for the major, and in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences overall, you are welcome to explore your interests. If you’re looking into studying communications but have no idea what it is about or what you’d do with it, you can find out more on the UMass Communication Website.

Luckily, the department is full of top-in-their-field advisors who have experience in several different disciplines of communications, who can help you if you need ideas of where to go with your degree. This way, the idea of “not knowing” where I’ll end up doesn’t bother mea degree in communication is limitless.




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