overview

Communication Studies focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. Our mission is to produce well-rounded communicators who are capable of speaking and listening effectively, thinking critically, and writing clearly.

Majors select a concentration of specialization in one of three critical areas:

  • Organizational Communication and Leadership
  • Public Relations
  • Health Communication

curriculum

Our unique and innovative curriculum in Communication Studies offers students an introduction to the field via required courses in topics, theories, and research methods central to Communication. Our majors select a concentration of specialization in one of three critical areas: Organizational Communication and Leadership, Public Relations, and Health Communication.

The Communication Studies major requires twelve (12) courses—eight (8) core courses and four (4) concentration courses.

COM 100 Introduction to Communication Studies

COM 110 Public Speaking

COM 220 Interpersonal Communication

COM 305 Listening

COM 306 Intercultural Communication

COM 395 Research Methods in Communication

COM 397 Internship or COM 398 Independent Project or COM 399: Global or Domestic Experience

COM 480 Senior Seminar in Communication Studies

The minor in Communication Studies consists of the following courses: COM 110, COM 220, COM 306, COM 395, and any two elective courses selected from the list of Concentration courses.

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