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Department of Communication

College of Arts & Sciences

102 Ferguson Building



P. M. Kellett, Professor and Interim Head of Department

Associate Professor Natalle; Assistant Professors Bracci, Carlone, DeGooyer, Jovanovic, Poulos; Lecturers Baker, Cook, Cuny, Delk, Donahey, Fairfield-Artman, Ferguson, Gisclair, Goldberg, Riney

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Communication is to teach students the study of strategic and ethical uses of communication to build relationships and communities.

The curriculum is based solidly on our core values: (1) we teach theoretically grounded strategies for communication effectiveness in diverse contexts; (2) we teach ethical deliberation as a foundation for making informed choices; (3) we teach ways of understanding, improving, and contributing productively to changes in our personal, professional, and mediated relationships and communities.

The Department offers the B.A. in Communication Studies as well as an undergraduate minor. The M.A. degree is also offered in the department. For details on the graduate program see The Graduate School Bulletin.

The Department of Communication offers required and elective courses that are designed to make productive use of differing learning styles among students: theoretical and applied, textual and experiential, topical and case study, coursework and internships/service learning, individual and groups/team based performances. A number of courses involve service learning to link communication, action, and academic study.

The Department of Communication provides opportunities to study relational, group, workplace, and community communication. Communication courses contribute to a liberal education by teaching creative thinking and problem-solving, critical reasoning, and effective oral, written, and mediated communication. The faculty strongly believe in the interdisciplinary nature of communication, and this curriculum encourages elective hours to be taken in allied disciplines such as African American Studies, Anthropology, Broadcasting and Cinema, Business, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Additionally the Department participates in Service learning, the University Honors Program, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Speaking Across the Curriculum (SAC) programs, and regularly offers freshman seminars. Opportunities also exist for Study Abroad including exchanges in Europe. Communication Studies majors with a 3.0 GPA may apply to go abroad in the spring semester of their junior year to participate in the Intercultural Studies program at Vaxjo University in Vaxjo, Sweden. The program (taught in English) requires coursework in socio-cultural theory, intercultural interactions, cultural analysis, and fieldwork, with optional study in basic Swedish.

The undergraduate program in Communication Studies is designed to serve as a solid foundation for a variety of professional and entrepreneurial careers; it also provides preparatory work for graduate studies in communication, as well as related fields such as law, business, media studies, and the ministry. Faculty and students in the Department of Communication are actively involved in research, service, and consulting with community, state, regional, national, and international organizations and agencies.



Criterion for Progression in the Major

Only grades of C- or better, taken in Communication courses, will count toward completion of a major in the Department.



Honors in Communication Studies


For Honors requirements, check with the departmental office and see the University Honors Program information.