Joshua Westwick, Interim Department Head
Department of Communication Studies
Pugsley Center 115, Box 2218
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A major in Communication Studies prepares students to understand the central role that communication plays in people’s lives. Graduates of this program will receive the training, expertise and background that will promote professional success in a wide variety of career areas where communication is a critical requirement.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates in Communication Studies will be able to:
- appropriately analyze and adapt oral and written messages that are effective, clear, and persuasive, given the audience and occasion.
- demonstrate the communication skills necessary to engage in personal, professional, civic and social relationships.
- critically evaluate verbal and nonverbal messages in differing social and cultural contexts in order to assess their effectiveness and ethical implications.
- demonstrate comprehension of concepts relative to the theory and criticism of human communication.
- demonstrate the ability to effectively gather information, research and analyze issues from a variety of perspectives.
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all major courses.
Course Delivery Format
A wide range of course formats are available in this major including, lectures, laboratory, small group, seminar, interactive and collaborative partnerships.