Communication Studies (B.A.)

How do we say what we mean -- or what we don't mean? What's the best way to convey information in the courtroom or the boardroom, on the school stage, or on the campaign trail? In communication studies, we focus on how -- and to what effect -- people share and create meaning through spoken language and nonverbal cues. We study the relationships that develop and thrive or fade through communication, including professional ties, family connections, friendships, and civic bonds. In our communication program, you'll develop critical-thinking skills as you refine your ideas through debate and discussion.

Our course of study is designed to balance the theories and the practices of communication in a variety of contexts: You'll analyze communication behaviors, observe leadership patterns, and probe subtexts in the written word. And you'll take your classroom learning out into the community. You may organize and perform in a stand-up comedy evening or develop a media program for a nonprofit agency. Perhaps you'll write copy for CNN Interactive or assist in the evaluation of grant proposals for the United Way. An active forensic program and a readers' theater provide further training -- and fun.

Through class projects, internships, individual research, and co-curricular activities, you will improve your ability to communicate and to make a difference as a result.

Our program gives you a broad-based foundation for careers in such fields as public relations, human resources, communications, or government.