Why Communication Studies?

For over 100 years, the Department of Communication Studies has been committed to helping its students become better citizens, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and able advocates.

Our graduates go on to be successful in the fields of law, television, marketing, management, and human resources, to name only a few. Our graduates are in high demand for their versatility, their critical thinking, and, of course, their outstanding communication skills.

Undergraduate Study Tracks

At the undergraduate level, our students choose one of four tracks of study:

  • Interpersonal and organizational communication
  • Creative industries/media production
  • Public advocacy
  • Media & social justice

Each track draws on and develops key communication skills including public speaking, small group communication, critical thinking, argumentation, media literacy, and rhetorical criticism. Our capstone courses challenge students to engage the role of communication in resolving relational and public problems. Capstone course options include but are not limited to environmental communication, political persuasion, rhetoric of civil rights, and family and marital communication. After graduation, the skills our students have developed in our department distinguish them in both the job market and graduate school applicant pools.

Study Tracks for Graduate Students

Our graduate program provides a closer investigation of communication studies as a mode of inquiry. Rhetoric, interpersonal and organizational communication, and critical media studies are the tracks of study offered to graduate students. Graduate students in our department often supplement their degree with graduate minors in related fields, including IREL (Interpersonal Relationship Research), MIMS (Moving Image Studies), literacy and rhetorical theory, and feminist studies.