Communications majors unfortunately get a bad reputation. Sure, we’re not dissecting pigs or making graphs. Our major is believed to be easy, with barely any studying or homework. Well, think again! No we don’t learn how to talk to people, let’s get that straight. There is a lot more to this challenging major (think research on the media, learning newswriting skills, editing skills, how to hold a television camera and so forth). Before I go into a rant, my fellow twenty-somethings, I present to you 5 truths about being a communication major.
1) “So are you just learning how to talk to people?”
“Bye, Felicia” is how I want to reply to these people. Questions like this from people who clearly don’t know nor understand just how challenging and writing intensive this major is, clearly need to get out more. I’m sure all my fellow communications majors could relate. If I had a quarter, not even a dollar, but a quarter for every time I heard a question of this sort about my study in college, I would be one rich gal and just not even need a degree because I’ll be so rich!
2) You watch movies in class, how hard could that be?
As if! (said like Cher from Clueless). I wish my critical analysis class sophomore year was that easy. Yes, we viewed episodes of TV shows, commercials and even viewed movies. However, I never thought I could rip apart, critique, analyze, study and depict anything on a screen before the way I was required to do for this class. There’s a reason we watch movies in class, not just for enjoyment!
3) Social media classes
Yes, we just scroll through Twitter for 75 minutes together as a whole class. Total sarcasm there! If you’ve been living under a rock, social media plays a huge role in today’s society, especially in the job force. 9 out of 10 companies out there hire someone specifically to run their social media because we know that everything is on social media nowadays and it’s crucial for companies to be marketing themselves and connecting with consumers through these accounts. Cue social media classes, where we learn how to effectively use Twitter, not just for fun, ranting tweets.
4) Comm. majors love to write papers
Yeah, think again. Have you ever taken a research methods or theory class? Clearly not, if you think we enjoy writing papers! Writing for pleasure and enjoyment is one thing. Writing about topics we enjoy and that could inform and benefit others is one thing. Writing back-to-back 10 page papers on quantitative/qualitative methods and annotated bibliographies on theories is a totally different ballpark. Comm. majors write so often, we have nightmares about copy editing papers and AP format.
5) Our exams are probably a piece of cake
Sure, we’re not studying the periodic table of elements or graphs and equations. What we are studying is how to write in both AP and APA styles…yes they’re not the same thing. We are learning proper newswriting, media literacy, principles and theories, how to work a control room and how to make a radio commercial. I know, super cool!
For those that don’t realize it, communication majors have it just as hard as all the other majors. We shouldn’t undermine or put down people’s areas of study. We all work hard and hope to find successful careers in the field we are busting our butts over in school, now ain’t that the truth!