As a communication studies major, you get to understand, explore, and make a difference in how people interact with each other. Comm Studies represents both humanities and social science. From the humanities perspective, we draw on our rich history in rhetoric to focus on the ability to craft messages for various audiences. From a social science perspective, we study how communication impacts relationships, coordinates action, and facilitates interaction.
We have four tracks that can help you develop your expertise in communication.
- Political Communication focuses on communication and rhetoric in the political processes of democracies and civic interaction. Courses focus on strategic use of language, political processes, citizen interactions, argumentation, persuasion, and community building.
- Legal Communication is ideal for students interested in the legal profession. Courses focus on trial advocacy, argument construction, presentational skills, critical thinking, persuasion, and theories of legal communication.
- Relational Communication focuses on how we use communication to initiate, establish and manage relationships. Courses increase understanding of verbal and nonverbal communication and responses, relational development, cultural similarities/differences, conflict, deception, and group communication dynamics.
- Organizational Communication concentrates on communication between organizational members to improve individual’s abilities to organize, coordinate, and facilitate behaviors. Students learn how communication can be enhanced to improve information and idea sharing, problem solving, leadership, and interactions in a variety of organizational settings.
What can you do with a communications studies major? Lots! Check out the Career Center Communications Studies page to see a few of the types of careers you can pursue and ways you can make a difference. Also, check out the Employment & Internships page to see what our students are doing with their degrees and what all you could be doing.
Study Abroad Program
The department of communication studies invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students for its Winter 2018 travel seminar in France and Spain. All majors welcome! This 2-week summer travel course, which will be from December 31, 2017 - January 13, 2018, on culture and communication is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in an academic and intercultural experience in a foreign culture. Applications are due by October 1, 2017. Read more
New Assistant Professor
We welcome Dr. Heather Woods to the communication studies faculty. Dr. Woods received her Bachelor's degree from Kansas State and her Master's degree from Baylor University, and recently completed her doctorate in communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Woods will be teaching "Rhetoric in Western Thought" and "Rhetoric and Social Movements". Read more