Using Your Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Communication degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Communication, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities. https://www.aacu.org/leap/what-is-a-liberal-education.

Communication majors know...

  • basic principles of communication that govern interpersonal, public, and mediated communication across platforms
  • how to create, build, nurture, and develop interpersonal relationships with others.
  • how to engage in meaningful, productive communication across cultures, through a deep understanding of the global community.
  • communication theory’s various approaches and paradigms, allowing them to critically discern the logic and ethics of effective argument

Communication majors can...

  • produce effective messages, using a variety of communication channels.
  • write clearly and concisely, discerning credible sources of information.
  • understand the use of video production, social media messaging, and public communication.
  • model appropriate communication skills and interpersonal interaction
  • communicate ethically across platforms, while valuing differences of opinion.
  • craft messaging to effectively achieve goals (e.g. To promote, gain attention, persuade, build relationships, or educate)
  • devise and evaluate methods and procedures for collecting data, such as surveys, opinion polls, or questionnaires, or arrange to obtain existing data
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