Program Overview:

Major in Communication Studies

Communication studies explores the most fundamental and pervasive of human activities. The study of human communication ranges from interpersonal processes such as persuasion and relationship formation to organizational processes such as group leadership and dispute resolution. It investigates the strategies and styles of public deliberation and debate, as well as political and cultural practice involving mass media and telecommunications systems.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Apply communication theories and concepts in life situations
  • Construct well-reasoned arguments
  • Design and present effective messages
  • Be knowledgeable in theories of organizational communication and in basic rhetorical and critical perspectives from classical and modern traditions
  • Demonstrate communication skills needed to effectively work with others individually and in group settings
  • Demonstrate understanding of effective leadership skills, group processes, and the function of communication networking in organizations

Required Courses


  • COMM ST 102 Public Speaking
  • COMM ST 205 Theories of Persuation
  • COMM ST 220 Theories of Argumentation
  • COMM ST 250 Leadership and Decision Making
  • COMM ST 270 Theories of Mediated Communication
  • 9 courses in communication studies, communication systems or RTVF, including 6 in communication studies and at least 5 at the 300 level; no more than 2 units of COMM ST 399 Independent Study

Program Details

The study of speech and communication spans topics from the ancient Greeks to frontiers of the Internet. Communication studies is an ideal major for students with multiple interests and diverse talents; the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. Courses in communication studies challenge the mind, broaden one’s views, and develop in students an increased awareness of and skill in communication practices. Communication studies majors are prepared to become responsible leaders, engaged citizens and pioneering problem-solvers in their communities and chosen fields of work.