Welcome to Communication Studies

The subfields of the discipline include, but are not limited to: Argumentation & Forensics, Business Communication, Campaign Communication, Communication Ethics, Communication and Leadership, Communication Theory, Instructional Communication, Group Communication, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, Mass Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Organizational Communication, Public Discourse, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Social Media and New Media Technologies, and Strategic Communication.

Students in the undergraduate program have the opportunity to participate in our nationally recognized Forensics (Speech and Debate) Squad, join Lambda Pi Eta, an Honors Society club that engages in a number of communication-centered activities and fundraising.  Students may also join the campus chapters of Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies, which are open to qualified students in all academic disciplines.  Additionally, there are numerous scholarships and internship opportunities available to students who meet the established criteria.

We also offer a Minor in Communication for students who wish to gain experience and skills to enhance their major program of study.

We also offer a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Studies.  The graduate program combines coursework from both rhetorical and communication theory traditions, focusing on a wide range of areas in the study of human interaction, employing empirical, interpretive, and critical methods of investigation.  Moreover, the program provides necessary skills and training in critical thinking and problem solving as well as research and writing techniques.  These can be applied to both academic and professional contexts and career fields specific to the students’ goals, objectives, and interests.