Communication Studies


To study communication is to learn about and engage in the communicative processes that influence, shape and create our world. What does it mean to be a good communicator? How do we connect to others despite our social, cultural and political differences? What does it mean to have a voice, to participate in our democracy, to actively engage in a global society? What can we achieve in and through communication?

Guided by expert faculty who are both scholars and practitioners in the field, our students learn and practice the skills that excite 21st century employers, while learning how to communicate and participate in the world as global citizens. The Communication Studies major is designed with flexibility to meet your dynamic and diverse needs. You can tailor the major to your interests, working closely with a faculty advisor to create an individual course pathway.

Throughout your coursework, you will become grounded in the field of communication while developing and honing the skills of speaking, writing and listening critical to success in your personal, professional and public lives. Majors complete coursework that focuses on navigating small group dynamics, improving interpersonal and/or organizational relationships, cultivating cultural awareness and influencing public discourse.



Communication & Media Department
Instructional Resources Center B12

Rebecca Rogers
"I studied abroad in Ireland, which was absolutely one of the coolest, best experiences I’ve ever had. I met lifetime friends and found out more about myself in those six months than I think I ever have."
Sandra Williams
"One of my favorite academic experiences was the Persuasions class. We really got to pick apart different advertising campaigns that we look at in everyday life. We learned why different colors are used in ads and why certain models are used. It stuck with me, even after taking the class."