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Department Vision


The Department of Communication Studies will provide distinctive, challenging, thorough and relevant preparation for professional, personal and academic pursuits in Communication Studies. We will prepare graduates to be ethical communicators and leaders in their communities and in the public and private employment sectors. The department will be recognized as the appropriate forum for achieving the goals of the Middle States Commission, MHEC, the Undergraduate Education Initiative, and our university mission with regard to the centrality of developing oral communication competencies of all students.

Communication Studies Students


Department Mission

The Department of Communication Studies fosters the development of oral communication competencies of all Frostburg State University students. The Department provides a learning environment characterized by close personal interaction with caring faculty, with emphasis on theory-informed understandings and applications of face-to face, textual, visual, and electronic communication in interpersonal, small group, organizational, and public contexts. The Department offers specific tracks with flexible tailoring to meet students' goals as they prepare for career or graduate studies and to serve as members of the communication studies discipline. We strive to help each student learn how to interpret, critique, and create communicative and rhetorical messages within the context of relationships embedded within formal and informal settings. We prepare students to negotiate technology and conflict as they contribute to civility within a diverse, rapidly changing society as effective, ethical communicators, organizational leaders, and engaged citizens.

Strategic Plan, Action Priorities, and Outcomes:

2014-2015 Strategic Plan


Communication Studies Program Learning Goals

  1. Public Speaking: Present formal, structured extemporaneous public communication effectively and appropriately for an identified purpose and audience.
  2. Leadership and Persuasion: Demonstrate leadership and influence others as a civil citizen communicator aware of and responsive to personal, organizational, and community needs.
  3. Listening and Identification: Adapt through listening to individuals and groups in a variety of formal and informal settings in person and online.
  4. Civil and Ethical Communication: Respond civilly and ethically to the diversity and potential conflicts among communicators to manage differences and relationships while achieving common goals.
  5. Disciplinary Theoretical Knowledge: Identify and explain major Communication Studies theories in applicable personal and professional contexts to exhibit disciplinary knowledge.
  6. Communication Assessment/Rhetorical Criticism: Critically assess past and present communicative experiences and/or rhetoric through analysis of language, speech, interactions, actions, arguments, technology, ethics, and/or rhetorical situation.
  7. Communicative Technological Proficiency: Adapt to the rapidly changing social environment online for interpersonal, organizational, and public communicative purposes.