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The Communication Studies major is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and theories in order to effectively create, deliver, and interpret messages. We are in an exciting transition as the Communication Studies Department is combining with the Mass Communication Department to form the Department of Communication.

4 Communication Studies students

As a communication studies student, you will select courses from our three tracks: Conflict Communication Studies, in which students learn to understand and manage differences and conflicts by identifying standpoints and dispelling misinformation to adapt messages ethically, Leadership Communication Studies, in which students learn to deliver professional presentations, lead employees, successfully interact to build vision, motivate and link stakeholders, and manage sustainability and change through effective decision-making and problem-solving, and Public Communication and Rhetorical Studies, in which students develop the ability to use effective means of persuasion, analyze message strategies, and adapt messages to public audiences to create effective messages in the 21st century. In addition, students will engage in a Capstone practicum or internship experience, which allows students to apply theories in organizational settings.

Communication StudiesThe degree affords students the chance to apply their degree broadly, as the majority of all organizations value communication skills amongst their employees. Upon graduating with this degree you will be successful interacting with clients, representing organizations, and applying communication theories to assist in preparing for professional opportunities or graduate school.

Our Program Offers:

  • interpersonal, presentational, and listening skills most sought by employers.
  • close interaction with experienced, caring faculty.
  • the Ann L. Williams Communication Studies Scholarship for a hard-working student who best represents the program.
  • participation in the Student Communication Studies Association, a student run and faculty advised group with the mission of encouraging CMST majors to apply their leadership and networking skills across campus. The group sponsors events, volunteers locally, and serves as a community of support within the major.
  • membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society of the
    National Communication Association.