Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Major

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Department of Communication and Cinema

Interim Department Chair: Erin Watley, Ph.D.


Whether face-to-face or mediated, communication is the nexus of human behavior. At the center of Communication research is the message, and understanding the intricacies and power of message design, message delivery, message interpretation, and message impact is central to our approach. The pursuit of this understanding focuses on developing and enhancing your verbal, visual, and textual skills. Using the social scientific method, you will apply your message building skills across a multitude of contexts and situations, such as health communication, interactive media, gender in communication, organizational communication, visual communication, intercultural communication, media criticism, relational communication, and critical theories & popular culture, to name a few.

The Communication major is a flexible degree that promises wide applications, as students develop strong interpersonal and presentation skills, writing and media skills, and research and analysis skills. Communication majors pursue careers in media (publishing, television, radio, internet sites, the film industry, advertising, public relations, crisis communication, and event planning), business (sales, customer service, human resources, marketing, lobbying, and public relations), law (mediation), government (public information, conflict negotiation, and campaigning), and education (recruitment, alumni affairs, student advising, and teaching).


Total Program Hours: 45

Departmental Writing Requirement

The Department of Communication extends writing throughout the major. Required courses that are also writing intensive are noted with a # symbol.

Requirements for Departmental Honors

A minimum major GPA of 3.5 as well as a record of departmental engagement and commitment, as determined by tenured faculty.

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