What is Communication?

Communication as an academic discipline focuses on how people create and share meaning within and across a variety of contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Employers consistently rank communication skills as first among qualities they seek in future employees. By understanding the communication process, students can better prepare themselves for living and working in our increasingly diverse and complex society.


Students who major in Communication have a wide range of career options available to them after graduation. Some examples: community relations director, museum curator, activities director, alumni coordinator, human resource specialists, language arts teacher, and mediation specialist. The list of career options is as varied as the people who decide to become communication majors.

Featured Alum: Marc Powers (Speech Communication, 1984) | View Marc's story on CLA Perpsectives

Contact Information

David Sutton

Dr. David Sutton

Communication Program Coordinator
236 Tichenor
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-2753

Last Updated: March 28, 2014