BHS College & Career Resource Center
My name is Steph Allen, BHS class of 2009!
I am a military spouse and mom. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Stetson University, where I majored in Communication & Media Studies and double-minored in Journalism and Humanities. I am currently a grad student with Lewis University, expecting to graduate this December with my Master’s in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Professional/Executive Coaching. For the past five years I have worked as the Publisher’s Assistant for a local magazine out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and I have also recently launched my own coaching practice as well.
Feel free to reach out with any questions about transitioning to college and beyond… looking forward to speaking with you!
What are the disadvantages to choosing a broad major like communications?
I think it really depends on what you plan to do with that major. Are you looking to be an editor, a writer, a TV broadcaster? The communications major will prepare you for all of that. And, at least with my program at Stetson, we were able to choose our own tracks as long as we got the core curriculum down. So, I tended to stick with the writing-oriented classes, while some of my classmates chose classes in broadcasting and even social media.
I wouldn't say there are "disadvantages" to choosing the major, but if you know exactly what you want to do, you may find it beneficial to choose a more niche major. I appreciated that I was able to graduate with a well-rounded major because it opened up a lot more opportunities for me, and now I have applied my learning to a whole new track in grad school!
I hope this helps you in some way. Good luck to you!
How and where do you begin networking with others in the field?
It's great that you are already looking to network. Honestly, it's never too early. Be inquisitive and willing to talk to people. Look for opportunities to meet other professionals at job fairs or summer programs. The University of Florida has a great summer program for high schoolers where you'll have a chance to meet professors and other students going into the same field while getting an awesome intro to what you'd be doing in college. Here's the link:
Hope this helps & good luck to you!
what requirements do you need for the communication major?
The requirements will vary depending on the college that you choose. For example, when I attended Stetson University, the major actually covered theory surrounding human communication while incorporating many of the mass communications classes within the major. So while I was learning journalism and ethics in media, I was also learning interpersonal & intercultural communication, etc. Mass communications majors may have completely different requirements, however, so look into the different curricula offered and decide which one sounds best for you!
Thanks for you question!