The Department of Communication offers a rewarding curriculum that focuses on the process and effects of communication, the Internet and personal media, in both mediated and face-to-face contexts. Building on a foundation in the liberal arts that provides a broad-based general education, the study of communication teaches students how to express their ideas and values in spoken, written and visual messages. Please review the Program Requirements and Course Descriptions for more detailed information.
The department develops effective communicators who not only are skilled in using communication technologies but also understand that socially responsible communication is an interaction among people that requires both skill and sensitivity. Students also learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of messages produced by others.
Students majoring in communication can select from three concentrations of study:
- Strategic Communication – this concentration is targeted to students who seek to enter into corporate communication positions or non-profit communication positions
- Media Communication – this concentration is targeted to students interested in pursuing careers in the consistently changing world of modern mass media
- Sports Communication – this concentration is targeted to students interested in pursuing careers in sports management and sports promotion
If desired, students may complete additional concentration areas, beyond the two that are required, to support their particular interests or career plans.
Through the communications minor, students will develop both the knowledge and skills to prepare, deliver and evaluate messages within organizations. In addition, students will study interpersonal and small group communication, cross-cultural communication and persuasion, examining their role in businesses, government agencies, hospitals, schools and other groups.