College of Communication & Education

B.A. in Communication Studies

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The Major in Communication Studies

Students who major in Communication Studies gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of the power of communication. Majors actively explore the crucial role of communication in relationships, organizations, cultures, society, and civic affairs.

Majors develop highly valued skill sets including critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, presentational speaking, problem-based analysis and resolution, as well as data collection and interpretation. In addition, a variety of communication skills spanning personal and professional contexts are highly developed.

Communication studies faculty work to engage, challenge, and support students during their studies. The Communication Studies Program is innovative in its strong appreciation for how communication connects and applies to the many aspects of our lives and our communities. Students develop a distinctive communication perspective of the world they live in while also fostering a sense of curiosity about how as an individual, she or he fits into that world along side others.

Option in Communication and Public Affairs

The option of communication and public affairs provides the necessary training for civic engagement in the public sphere. Students in this option are equipped to address a wide variety of issues and problems at the local, state, national, and international levels of governance. This option addresses the need for an active and responsible citizenry. It provides training in the communication skills needed to successfully participate in public affairs and the challenges of a democratic society. The power of symbolic communication, public address, persuasion in the public sphere, public debate, and social movements are the cornerstones of this option. Students trained in this option are prepared for a variety of occupations that require strategic communication in public affairs.

Option in Organizational Communication Option

Organizational communication is the study of interaction between people working collectively to achieve individual, group, and organizational goals.

Organizations are studied from a communication perspective that is highly inclusive of multiple stakeholders, processes, and/or structures. This approach includes: interpersonal relationships, group and team work, leadership, cross-functional communication, communication networks and systems, internal/external influences, power, culture and intercultural communication.

Students in this option use their broad understanding of organizations as interactive and dynamic processes, along with their skills and experiences in communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and analysis to pursue a wide spectrum of career opportunities.