The communication studies major program understands communication as both a practice, and a reflective inquiry into that practice. Our aim is to teach students to be thoughtful, adaptable, and resourceful communicators across a variety of contexts (e.g., interpersonal, global, organizational, mediated) and by various means (e.g., spoken, written, visual).
The program stresses fundamental capacities for expression and comprehension, including learning how to analyze difficult texts, articulate nuanced questions, assess visual and other nonverbal appeals, cultivate aesthetic and ethical sensibilities, design clear and informative messages, build engaging persuasive appeals, and critically examine the persuasive appeals of others. Students choose from either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
The curriculum includes coursework covering a wide variety of communication topics, including courses from other major programs within the School of Communications and relevant to communication studies.
Professional opportunities include (but are not limited to):
“You know you are getting an excellent education when you can learn more than anyone else and have a fun time doing it. If something does not make sense, it is your job to make sense of it.”