Communication Studies (formerly Speech Communication) is the intellectual home of Ithaca College’s liberal arts approaches to communication. We offer two interdisciplinary majors and two minors. All our students and faculty share an interest in human interaction in its many fascinating forms and the elements of culture that both affect communication and result from communication.
Our outstanding undergraduates are actively engaged across the College as they seek to better understand a diversity of communication forms, practices, and organizations in an increasingly complex global culture. They are student leaders, community leaders, and emerging scholars. Our wonderful alumnae use their communication ability to make a difference. They are successful professionals in law, education, business, hospitality, politics...the list is long and varied (see below).
The Communication Studies Department is proud of our small, very active classes, strong advising, and close student-faculty interaction. We offer a wide range of courses and co-curricular opportunities to provide a strong foundation in communication theory and skills, as well as multiple avenues for each student to find his or her own passion and craft a meaningful academic experience.
The Communication Studies Major:
The major program titled Communication Studies focuses on how, why, and with what effects people communicate through language and associated nonverbal messages. A communication studies major develops competence in theoretical analysis, as well as the practical implementation, of communication. The program is recommended for students who want a broad liberal arts background as preparation for careers in such fields as public relations, business, government, social services, and law, or for graduate study.
The Culture and Communication Major:
The major program in Culture and Communication is offered in cooperation with our colleagues from across the College, but especially those in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Culture and Communication students and faculty join forces in a unique critical studies program in order to discover connections between two related areas of inquiry: how culture informs and shapes communication and how communication creates, modifies, and challenges culture. A degree in culture and communication provides excellent career preparation, as well as a great foundation for graduate level study in law, business, and/or critical studies.
Communication Studies Alumnae -- Sample Career Fields and Jobs:
----->Careers in Law
Michael Ahl, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at United States Air Force, Goldsboro, NC
Scott Rogoff, Civil Litigator, Hiscock and Barclay (partner), Rochester, NY
Jennifer Weinstein, Claims Attorney, The American International Group, New York, NY
----->Careers in Advertising and Public Relations
Peter Friedland, Digital Media Planner, Universal McCann, New York, NY
Michael Hedrick, Account Manager, Hedgecon Corporation, Greater NY Area
Greg Goldstein, Account Executive, AdServices, Inc., Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
Shari Robinson, Sr. Director, Client Service, Digital Advertising Technologies, San Francisco, CA
----->Careers in Sales and Marketing
Kyle Truscott, Web Developer, Free Association, New York, NY
Stacy Mendelson, Sales Executive, MTV Networks, New York, NY
Kevin Bolum, National Sales Manager, Medical Ethics Magazine, Robbinsville, NJ
Pam Vivenzio, Retail Promotions Manager, Liz Claiborne, Inc., New York, NY
----->Careers in Media
Aaron Terkel, Assistant Program Director, Cayuga Radio Group
Brian Dailey, Director of Digital Partnerships, ESPN, Greater NY Area
Jonathan Baime, Owner, Jonathan Baime Productions, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Peter Gerraghty, Assistant Director, Mark Damon Productions, Venice, CA
Lawrence Wolpe, Production Coordinator, WSKG Radio, Binghamton, NY
----->Careers in Education
Polly Kyle, New Media Organizer, Women's Rights Blog, Denver, CO
Cariann Harsh, Autism Division Director, Policy, Planning & Children's Services, Boston MA
Adena Flitt, Product Information Coordinator, Pearson Education, Boston, MA
Robin Sidman, Founder, Greenschools, Boston, MA
Judith Brownell, Professor of Communication, Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, NY
Jennifer Paul, Alumni Relations Director, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Area
----->Careers in Business and Human Resources
Sarah Richards, MIS Manager Corporate Programs, Thomson-Reuters, New York, NY
Nicholas Abdo, HR Director, X Ray Optical Systems, Albany, NY
Lisa Yakuboff, VP of Fund Development, Food Bank for NYC, New York, NY
Lisa Steinberg, Consulting Director, Sermo, Philadelphia, PA