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Communication Studies is a broad academic area that studies and applies communication in many different contexts, including relationships, culture, and performance. Students are trained to apply their communication skills to a chosen profession and/or graduate school. The program includes opportunities for service-learning and collaborative research with faculty.
The Communication Studies program is committed to the promotion of social justice through its curriculum, research, and community service. The program attempts to equip students for the responsibilities of global citizenship, leadership, and service in an increasingly complex world that requires sophisticated theoretical, critical, and practical understanding of human communication. Communication Studies courses focus on communication processes found in both the humanities and the social sciences in the following areas: Applied Communication, Communication and Culture, and Performance Studies.
In addition to satisfying the department's mission, the Communication Studies program will:
- educate students in the philosophy, history, theory, and practice of communication studies from a variety of perspectives.
- train students to become ethical communicators.
- assist students in articulating the relationship between communication, culture, and identity.
- engage students in service-learning practices that demonstrate civic engagement and promote social justice.
- equip students with communication research skills.
- prepare students for graduate school in communication and/or careers that require skilled professional practices in communication.