Communication studies is a discipline that involves the investigation and practice of face-to-face, small group, organizational, public, print, and mediated messages.
Our department has over 250 students currently majoring in communication studies in addition to offering a minor in communication studies. There are currently 19 tenured and tenure-track faculty teaching full time in the department. We also supports general education for the entire university with courses such as Introduction to Communication Studies, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, and Intercultural Communication.
Onward and Upward
Besides meeting the general education requirements, communication studies majors take courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication, intercultural communication, communication research methods, and examining communication. Depending on career interests, you'll choose from one of three areas of study:
- interpersonal communication
- leadership and public advocacy
- organizational communication
You'll take five courses in your area of study, then three additional communication courses as electives.
The Department of Communication Studies offers three minors in communication studies.
Communication studies can lead to job opportunities in many different fields, such as event planning, speech writing, employee training, sales, management, public information, personnel recruiting, campaign direction, lobbying, and negotiations. It's also good preparation for graduate school in many disciplines including communication, law, education, business, public administration, student affairs, instructional technology, and counseling.