College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Studies

Areas of Interest

  • The mission of the Communication Department is to foster the practice and study of communication to inform and transform society for the better. The department promotes the study of communication and the arts of persuasion, community-building, and journalistic reporting that contribute to the Greek ideal of the “agora” as the center of a democratic, diverse society.We envision a world where communication is founded on respect for individual autonomy and equality, and where such communication contributes to self-realization, self-determination, and democracy.

    Courses open to Communication students fall into these categories:

    • Social interaction, including organizational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication
    • Digital communication, including new media and video games
    • Rhetorical studies, including rhetorical reasoning, public speaking, persuasion, and communication rights and law
    • Journalism reporting/writing, including media writing, investigative information gathering, and international affairs reporting
    • Digital journalism/media production, including writing for digital/online media,graphic communication, and digital production
    • Strategic communication, including public affairs, strategic communicaiton writing, and persuasive writing
    • Media studies history and criticism, including critical analysis of digital communication, international cinema, documentary film, and video games, communication and culture
    • International/intercultural communication and media, including international affairs reporting, global strategic communications, and Africa and communication.
    • Internships/practicums
    • Service learning

    A complete listing of course and details are in the academic catalog. 

    The Communication Department also offers opportunities for students to study abroad in India and to participate in an off-campus program in Hollywood.