Program Vision (updated 8/28/16)

The Communication Studies program will provide distinctive, challenging, thorough, and relevant preparation for professional, personal, and academic pursuits in Communication Studies. We will prepare graduates to be communication leaders in their communities and in public and private organizations. 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.

Program Mission (updated 8/28/16)

The Communication Studies program fosters the development of oral communication competencies of all Frostburg State University students. We also offer tracks in Conflict Communication Studies; Leadership Communication Studies; and Public Communication and Rhetorical Studies, with flexible tailoring to meet students’ goals as they prepare for a career or graduate studies and to serve as members of the communication studies discipline. The program provides a learning environment characterized by close, personal mentoring from caring faculty, with emphasis on theory-informed understandings and applications of face-to-face and computer-mediated communication in interpersonal, small group, organizational, and public contexts. 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 communication leaders and engaged citizens.

2016-2017 Communication Studies Program Learning Goals

These goals focus student learning within courses and assignments in the CMST program. They also guide CMST majors in their Capstone portfolio building and reflection. See more details at the Capstone link online (http://www.frostburg.edu/dept/cmst/capstone/) to make sure your portfolio properly tracks your academic progress in the CMST major. Students should be able to do the following:

  1. Display Public Speaking Competency: Exhibit oral communication competency through the planning and delivery of formal, extemporaneous public speeches that effectively and appropriately construct rhetorical call and response for various purposes, contexts, and audiences.

  2. Engage Others with Civility: Engage others with civility in response to diversity and potential conflicts among communicators to build and sustain relationships and achieve constructive outcomes and common goals.

  3. Express and Apply Critical Disciplinary Knowledge: Identify and explain relevant Communication Studies theories to assess communication critically and analyze rhetoric ethically in personal, academic, and professional contexts.

  4. Facilitate Communication Leadership: Demonstrate how to enact and support strategic communication leadership through the ability to persuade others and collaborate as a civil citizen communicator aware of and responsive to the historical moment, appropriate ethical response, and organizational and community needs.

  5. Navigate Computer-Mediated Communication: Adapt to the rapidly changing online communication environment within interpersonal, organizational, and public communicative contexts.

Strategic Plan, Action Priorities, and Outcomes

2016-2017 Strategic Plan


Communication Studies
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532

Dr. Keith Terry
Department of Communication
348H Gira Center

Connie Capacchione, Program Management Specialist
Fax: 301.687.3033