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Communication & Performance

College of Arts & Sciences

Communication Studies

Build relationships, understand human diversity, and be persuasive



Performance skills for professional or applied storytelling


Master’s in Communication & Storytelling

Connecting cultural understanding and critique, oral performance, communication knowledge, and marketable skill


Honors in Discipline

Advanced work to be able to apply Communication Studies in the workplace



We offer a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, as well as minors in Storytelling and Communication Studies. We also offer a Master’s degree in Communication & Storytelling Studies. Each of these offers a different knowledge base and training, but combined, they look broadly at narrative, human interaction, story, messages, and the performing arts, with a focus on positioning graduates for professional success.

Here is just a small sample of carrers using a degree in Communication or Storytelling Studies

Event Planning
Client Services
Community Relations
Human Resources
Communication Director
Project Management
Health Administration
Social Media Management
Public Advocacy
Health Education

Job Titles of  Alumni

Job titles of our CMST undergraduate alumni include Senior Sales Specialist in Opthalmics, Senior Government Loan Specialist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Director of First Impressions, IT Project Manager, Pharmaceutical Sales Rep, AppleCare Support, Cake Decorator, Worship Pastor, Project Management Analyst, Customer Care Representative, Communications Coordinator, Farmers Market Co-Manager, Front End Clerk, Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership, Enrollment Counselor, Enrollment Counselor for Adult and Graduate Studies, Voluntary Benefits Specialist, Sales Representative, Executive Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Business Development Team, Information Technology Project Manager, Program Instructor, Infantry, Assistant Director, Counselor, Manager, Salon Director, Coordinator of Alumni Outreach, Occupancy Specialist, Associate Manager.
Job titles of our graduate alumni include VP of Client Services, Coordinator of Public Relations, Marketing and Alumni Research, Health Services Programs Administrator, Strategy and Operations Manager, Health Communications Specialist, Assistant Director of Admissions, Department of Communication and Performance Lecturer, Digital Marketing Representative, Marketing Specialist, Custom Project Manager, Production Intern, Banking Professional, Business Account Representative, Library Information Specialist, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Assistant Director for Academic and Professional Affairs, eLearning Student Support, Business Owner and Operator, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Engineer Marketing, Director of Community Relations, Digital Marketing Strategist, Marketing Research and Communications, Independent Mandarin/Chinese Language Specialist, Director of Contracting, Bank Teller, Public Relations Manager, Scheduling Assistant, Assistant Professor and Director of Communication Arts, Director of Prevention and Advocacy, Executive Director, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Executive Director of Academic Partnerships, Assistant Professor of Communication, Director of Integrated Marketing and Insights, Affiliate Professor
Employers of our undergraduate alumni include Shire Pharmaceuticals, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Richmond Graduate University, Keller Williams Realty, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Allergen Pharmaceuticals, Apple, Walmart, Tri Cities Baptist Church, Mosaic Life Care, Elavon Inc., International Storytelling Center, ETSU, Gray Pharmacy, Clemson University, King University School of Nursing, Colorado Christian University, Unum Insurance, Red Ventures, Allied Dispatch Solutions, South Bay Community Services, Cook Medical Endoscopy Division, Legal Department of TRI Net HR Corporation, DIT Engineering, Brother’s Keeper, Army National Guard, Drexel University, Covenant Counseling Center, The STURM Center, Sun Tan City, National Alumni Association at ETSU, Johnson City Housing Authority, American Institutes of Public Certified Accountants
Employers of our graduate alumni include Likeable Media, Virginia Highlands Community College, Town of Black Mountain, Modion Communications, CDC Division of Reproductive Health, The University of Texas (Tyler), ETSU, Eastman, FedEx Services, Cumberland Marketing, WJHL, Charter, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Denver, National Communication Association, Stanly Community College, Comfort Keepers Healthcare Management, City of Kingsport, TGS Engineers, Northeast State Community College, McClain Concepts, Duke University, Eastman Chemical Company, Unified Physician Management, Eastman Credit Union, The Dollywood Company, Carter Center at ETSU, St John’s University, Drexel University, Rose Glen Manor Assisted Living, Arkansas State University, Lamar University, Oklahoma Christian University, Ntara, Grand Valley State University


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