Discover Many Career Opportunities for Communicators

What can you do with a Communication degree? Just about anything!

While many FHSU graduates have gone on for graduate study, you can choose from a multitude of career directions that require you to be an effective communicator, listener and speaker. Some of the possibilities include:

  • Advertising
  • Teaching
  • Government service
  • Writing for newspapers, magazines or websites
  • Corporate communications
  • Military service
  • Theatre management
  • Public relations
  • Human resources

Still not sure which direction to pursue? For more information about possible careers, visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center Web site or contact our department to speak with a faculty advisor. The world is waiting for you. Are you ready?

FHSU Communication Studies graduates - out in the world

Riley Adam Voth (2011)
Crosspoint Church
Lawrence, KS

I do ministry in several contexts, online and offline. I'm one of 10 pastors in a multi-site church with sites all across Kansas and growing. This means I'm not usually the teaching pastor - occasionally I fill that role, too - but my typical duties are making sure our site is healthy, both the individual lives and organizationally speaking, that we're in sync with the church as a whole, and that we are reaching, serving, and loving the community we're in. I innovate and lead in both new and trusted ways to do these things every week. I also began blogging a few years ago and am now to a point where this has begun to turn a revenue and provide me other opportunities for training, speaking, and creating resources. It fits in with my life offline really well because if I'm meeting with people, counseling, teaching, and leading, it helps to continue to work out these things and be a thought-leader online as well. It provides resources for people throughout the week that they wouldn't have otherwise. My time at FHSU, and specifically in the Communication Studies Department, taught me the importance of continually learning - studying culture and adapting to what works. This is one of the most important things a professional communicator must do. Many might think, "What does a Public Relations degree have to do with ministry?" But I would say that there was no better degree I could have received for it. I'm putting into practice things I learned in the program every day: listening to and observing the desires of people, communicating in a consistent but contextual way that appeals to them, persuading people to make choices that can change their entire lives, crisis control, and more.

Amanda Fairbanks (2007)
Instructor of Speech
Keiser University

Ph.D. student in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas M.S. in Communication Studies: December, 2008 The opportunities and experiences I had at FHSU were instrumental in helping me achieve my personal and professional goals. I was able to be involved in a number of organizations which provided me with leadership experience and helped me build relationships across campus. Specifically, the faculty and staff of the Communication Studies department contributed greatly to helping me achieve my goals. My experience working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Communication Studies Department was a great experience and helped me realize that working in higher education is what I truly wanted to do. I would not be where I am today professionally without the opportunities presented to me during my time at FHSU.