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The major in science communication focuses on public understanding of science, technology, and the environment, as well as skills in effective and innovative communication of complex and controversial science issues.
Courses in the major focus on practical, hands-on learning. They cover the dynamics of organizational and cultural communication, including conflict management, socialization, group dynamics, decision-making processes, multicultural/multinational workplaces, communication theory, and emerging technology.
- Requirements and core courses
Joining the communication program
After completing 30 credit hours of course work — usually in the sophomore year — you can apply to join the communication program.
Your 30 credits should include the four communication prerequisite courses:
- COM 101: Media and Society
- COM 102: Public Speaking
- COM 105: Communication in Global Contexts
- COM 138: Communication Overview
A writing test is part of the Communication Overview course. Admission to the communication program is based on cumulative WSU GPA and performance on the writing test.
All communication majors start with two courses that set the stage for everything else:
- COM 210: Multimedia Content Creation
- COM 300: Writing in Communication
The major is built on core courses like these:
- Environmental Communication
- Communicating Science and Technology
- Science Writing
- Science Communication Campaigns
The major also includes four elective courses of your choice. This gives you room to customize the major to your own strengths and goals.
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the WSU general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For communication majors
In addition to general university scholarships, you could be eligible for awards that are reserved for students in communication majors.
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has 19 scholarship funds and awards $50,000 in scholarships and fellowships to communication students each year.
A major in science communication opens a wide range of career options.
Graduates of this program are uniquely prepared for careers in human resources, community/international development, community relations and mediation, cultural and diversity needs assessment, international education programs, customer relations, sales/account representation, employee relations, management, training and development, political organizing, and international mediation, among others.
A communication degree is also good preparation for graduate professional programs such as law school and doctoral programs.