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Building Skills for Success

We communicate for many reasons and in many ways, and through many different channels. As complex as the subject of human communication is, there’s one concept with which everyone agrees—effective communication is a powerful tool at home, at work, in life. Effective communication will enhance your success.

Communication Studies majors and minors take courses that include all aspects of message exchange—relationships, families, organizations, politics and culture. In this program, you’ll work with faculty who are experts in their areas, in classes kept small to encourage interaction among students and faculty.

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Dr. Thomas Endres is a featured interviewee on current job market trends in Zippia

"We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts."

Thomas Endres


"Making AI communication more human"

ZDNet takes a look at "key elements that make communication 'human' and what AI scientists have to do to make chatbots and IoT devices better at sounding completely human," with Dr James Keaten, professor of Communication Studies at UNC and chief science officer of Startek.

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On this episode of Bear in Mind, Dr. Thomas Endres discusses his experience at the world’s largest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.


Beyond the Classroom: Global Communication

Last summer, nine UNC students traveled with Thomas Endres, professor of Communication Studies and director of the School of Communication, to Barcelona, Spain, where they lived and studied international communication.

The group stayed in apartments with views of the city's most famous icon -- the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) -- the famed spired church that's been under construction for over 100 years, and is slated to be completed in 2026.

Endres said the trip included classes held twice a week, along with walks down the famed La Rambla (the city's tree-lined pedestrian mall), ghost tours in the ancient district, multiple museum visits, a boat tour, an authentic Andalusian dinner and Flamenco show, and restaurants both good and bad.

The group also spent a day at the Tibidabo Amusement Park atop Barcelona's highest mountain peak, took a tour of the 1992 Olympic site, enjoyed train trips to visit Spain's wine country and spent time on the beach along the Mediterranean Sea.