Communication Studies

Communication Studies draws from the richness of the communication discipline to allow students to design programs of study that meet their unique interests and professional goals. Students can develop competencies in a number of areas, including intercultural and interpersonal communication, organizational communication, argumentation, event planning, persuasion, professional communication, visual communication, rhetoric and popular culture, and community relations. Communication Studies majors pursue careers in family businesses and for-profit and non-profit organizations or graduate school in communication, law, public policy, healthy policy and administration, or business.

Enhanced Major: Students may take up to 15 additional credits for an enhanced major. An enhanced major allows students to supplement the 30-credit major with additional coursework and internships. This option requires consultation with the Undergraduate Directors.



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Program Requirements

  • COMM 301W History of Communication
  • COMM 494W Communication Ethics
Students select two of the three courses below: 
  • COMM 206 Communication in the Marketplace
  • COMM 201 Human Communication in a Technological Age
  • COMM 407 Intercultural Communication
Students select one of the following courses:
  • COMM 204 Professional Comm. in IMC
  • COMM 304W Persuasion

Major electives are selected in consultation with an undergraduate director. Students may select five courses from any of the communication courses offered to frame a dynamic and tailored program of study.

Examples of courses include:

  • COMM 330 IMC: Functions I: PR
  • COMM 458 Rhetoric & Popular Culture
  • COMM 304W Persuasion
  • COMM 461 Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 459 Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 456W Organizational Communication