this presentation - South Dakota State University
this presentation - South Dakota State University
A Way To Enhance
Your Academic Experiences,
Your Future Career, and
Your Creative Life
50% of the 2012 college graduates did not find a full time
job in their major field of study…(CBS News, 2012)
It’s clear based on the data that employers truly value
skills which include analytical thinking and
communication ability. This speaks to the fact that
specific on-the-job skills change, and they change more
quickly these days than ever before. As a result, employers
are looking for raw material — talent that they can work
with and develop, people who can adapt to changes over
time. (Forbes, 2012)
98% of employers consider communication skills as a
basic essential for future employees…(US News and
World Report, 2012)
According to Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial
Branding, that means “the ability to write, compose
emails, give presentations in front of others, and being
able to have conversations with those across generations.”
He adds that many employers believe technical skills,
such as how to use a particular software program, can be
easily learned, while other analytical skills, such as
communication, need to be developed. “It takes time to
master the art of communication, especially when young
people are so dependent on technology instead of real-life
communication,” says Schawbel.
The ability to coordinate with others is closely related; 92
percent of employers said they also consider it important.
(USN &WR, 2012)
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that careers in the
Communication Studies field are the fastest growing and most
sought after new employment areas. (NCA)
The SDSU Communication Studies and Theatre Department offers
Majors in Speech Communication and Theatre with a
specialization in Speech Education (36 department credits), and
Minors in Dance, Theatre or Speech Communication (20
We can offer you a career in Communication Studies or enhance your
employability in any other major area with a double major or minor in
Communication Studies. We also have an outstanding Masters program in
We have classes which focus on interviewing skills and job preparation,
providing you an edge in the competitive job market.
Leadership Positions and Internships
We have numerous organizational and service opportunities which will
provide valuable personal growth, practical experience and on the job
internships at hospitals, businesses, corporations and political
We now have a Honors Speech minor. Further, by taking the Honors
Speech Communication courses and Honors Mass Communication
courses, a student may graduate with Honors Distinction.
Fundamentals of Speech
Theories of Communication
Small Group Communication
Oral Interpretation of Literature
7 – 12 Speech Methods
Communication and Gender
Argumentation and Debate
Honors Sections in several of the above classes
Capstone in Speech Communication
And a wide range of Theatre and Dance courses
Social Media Specialist
Nonprofit Organization Director
Service Learning Coordinator
Public Information Officer
Political Campaign Director
Director of Corporate Communications
Communication Research Director
Public Affairs Specialist
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Copy Writer/Technical Writer
Community Affairs Liaison
Community Relations Director
Human Resource Administrator
Health Communication Specialist
Integrated Marketing Communication
Employee Communication and Web Content Manager
News Broadcaster/News Reporter
High School Speech Teacher
Production Technician (Television/Film)
Public Relations Practitioner/Director
Social Media Consultant/Manager
Seminary Secondary Teaching Positions
Sales positions in Ag Products
Services and Pharmaceuticals.
Marketing, especially in the Banking Industry
Director of Business for Olson General Contractors; St. Paul, MN.
Desktop Support Analyst, General Mills, Inc.: Minneapolis, MN.
Communication Specialist, General Mills, Inc.; Minneapolis MN.
Vice President of Lone Star Staffing Services; Houston, TX.
Meeting, Marketing and Membership Assistant for a non-profit.
Several self-employment business owners.
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity/South Dakota.
Director of Programs for Children with Special Needs/County of Oswego; Oswego, NY.
Technical Programs manager, Imagining and Web Services, Hewlett-Packard, Beaverton, OR.
Senior Risk Manager and Commercial Mortgage Underwriter, Oak Grove Capital,
Director of Community Relations and Alumni for the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, Sioux Falls,
Free-lance writer, actor, and stand-up comic, movie reviewer for ABC; Minneapolis, MN
English teacher, Theatre Department Head, 2004 Minnesota Arts Teacher of the Year;
Robbinsdale/Armstrong High School Minneapolis, MN
Director of Business for Olson General Contractors; St. Paul, MN
Instructor in Theatre and Voice, St. Thomas/St. Catherine Universities; Dialect coach for
numerous theatre companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
Theatre Manager for Jujamcyn Theatres, managing five Broadway Houses; New York City,
Entertainment Technician, Disney and MGM Studios; Orlando, FL
Vice President of Marketing and Programming, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; St.
Managing Director, CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facility, Gillette, WY
Director of Content Acquisition for Mill Creek Entertainment; Minneapolis, MN
Director of Community Relations and Alumni for the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools; Sioux Falls, SD
Arts Editor and Reviewer for the Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE
Corporate Training Specialist and Systems Interactive Manager for Integra Telecom; Minneapolis, MN
Ticket Seller, Broadway Concierge and Ticket Center & Broadway League, New York City, NY
Facilities Coordinator, Office of Classroom Management at the University of Minnesota; Minneapolis,
Director of Marketing, Park Square Theatre; Minneapolis, MN
Free-lance Props Master for Epic Theatre Ensemble, keen co., Snug Harbor Productions and
Dreamlight Theatre Co., New York City;
Stylist for Mayo Studios, New York City; Artisan for Redbull Theatre Co., Theatre for a New
Audience, The Public Theatre, and Second Stage, New York City, NY
Director of Theatre and Forensics; O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, SD
Senior Risk Manager and Commercial Mortgage Underwriter, Oak Grove Capital, Minneapolis, MN
Technical Director, CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facility, Gillette, Wyoming
Meeting, Marketing and Membership Assistant for a non-profit; San Francisco, CA
Events Coordinator, Sioux Falls Orpheum Theatre Center, Sioux Falls, SD
Technical Programs Manager, Imagining and Web Services, Hewlett-Packard, Beaverton, OR
Creative Director at BI, a Marketing and Performance Improvement Company; Minneapolis, MN
Assistant Company Manager for Frankel Green Theatrical Management / Richard Frankel
Productions, New York City, NY
Instructor of Special Education in Developmental Disabilities and Autism, actor and free lance
costume designer and builder; Minneapolis, MN
Need a competitive edge in the job market?
Interested in a wide variety of career choices?
Looking for outstanding instructors who know
how to implement real world classroom
practice and skill development?
Desire small class sizes and interactive
Hoping to become a part of an outstanding
Then, SDSU CST is the place to be!
Laurie Haleta, Head
Department of Communication Studies and
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