The communication studies program includes courses representing all aspects of the discipline. Required courses are interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, persuasion, and a senior-level research-oriented seminar. Directed electives allow choices from the other areas of the discipline.
Because communication is so vital to all aspects of our personal and professional lives, the human communication or public communication track is an excellent choice for students preparing for a variety of professional careers, such as law, the clergy, college teaching, or international relations and negotiations.
The professional and organizational communication track features the communication skills most needed by the student preparing for a career in the business, government, or nonprofit sector. Such employers recognize the centrality of good communication in the world of work, regardless of their specific field. Consequently, the student who chooses this track is prepared for a career in a variety of institutions—retail, service, health-related, charitable, governmental, educational—often in a management track.
offers three options within the human communication emphasis. Plan sheets are available for:
Students may select an emphasis that most closely matches their interests and career goals and, in consultation with their faculty advisors in the department, they may make choices among the course options provided.