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Department of Communication Studies

What is Communication Studies?

Communication Studies majors explore, understand, and make a difference in how people interact with each other and build relationships. Comm Studies majors engage with expert faculty inside and outside the classroom to study a broad range of skills, including crafting messages effectively for various audiences, managing conflict well, building strong relationships, developing healthy communities, and collaborating well in groups and organizations.  These skills are essential for growing successful careers and vibrant communities.  

The Comm Studies Major has four tracks students can follow to develop their skills and prepare for their next steps.

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.

For more details regarding the number of credit hours and courses required for this and other communication studies tracks please visit our Areas Of Study page.  

Legal Communication
  • 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.  

For more details regarding the number of credit hours and courses required for this and other communication studies tracks please visit our Areas Of Study page.  

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. 

For more details regarding the number of credit hours and courses required for this and other communication studies tracks please visit our Areas Of Study page.  

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.  

For more details regarding the number of credit hours and courses required for this and other communication studies tracks please visit our Areas Of Study page.  

 

What can you do with a Communication Studies Degree?

Lots!  Our majors have pursued careers as lawyers, community relations coordinators, managers, lecturers, counselors, business owners, debate and forensics directors, and communication coordinators.  

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.

   

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Haley SpellmanVisit our Facebook page, @KSUCommStudies, and learn more about undergraduate Haylee Spellman, Senior, Political Communication Track.
 

 

 

 

 Welcome Dr. Sean Eddington

EddingtonWe’re delighted to welcome Dr. Sean Eddington as Assistant Professor of Communication Studies! Sean comes to K-State from Purdue University, where he earned his PhD in organizational communication. Sean’s research explores career communication, new media, resilience, and gendered organizing. He brings over a decade’s teaching and mentoring experience inside and outside the classroom. To learn more about Sean’s work, you can visit his website at www.seanmeddington.com. Welcome, Sean!

 

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