Communication Studies, BA

Chairperson: Nathan Gilkerson, Ph.D.

Our ability to communicate defines what it means to be human and is a central feature of our existence. People communicate in a variety of contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public and intercultural. This major examines the theories, concepts and skills related to human interaction. The focus is on developing personal communication skills and critiquing the communication practices of others.

The communication studies major explores organizational and managerial communication, family communication, gender and interpersonal communication, multicultural and international communication, argumentation and persuasion, and health. Students have the flexibility to choose a specific area of focus or to combine several in ways that best meet their interests and career plans. Communication Studies majors are prepared for careers in a variety of settings including corporate, political, family and social service agencies, multinational organizations, legal, nonprofit organizations and educational.