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Claudia Anguiano, Jon Bruschke, K. Jeanine Congalton, Tenzin Dorjee, Robert Gass, Nise Bloomfield Frye, Javette Hayes, Zac Johnson, Patty Malone, Summer Martin, Irene Matz, Gary Ruud, Alyssa Samek, Daniel Sutko, Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, Jason Teven, Erika Thomas, Stella Ting-Toomey
The mission of the department is to provide students with an understanding of communication processes in a culturally diverse society. An in-depth understanding of communication processes brings a number of benefits, including the ability to analyze communication barriers and the competency to facilitate effective communication between individuals, within organizations, between organizations and their customers or constituencies, and across cultures. Our vision is to train good men and women speaking well to solve communication problems by studying the ways in which messages link participants during transactions.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies is designed to provide students with an understanding of communication processes in a culturally diverse society across a variety of contexts. The curriculum provides specific instruction in argumentation, persuasion, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication and organizational communication as a means of facilitating effective communication between individuals and groups. The program’s vision is to train good men and women speaking well to solve communication problems by studying the ways in which messages link participants during their interactions. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies, students are prepared to pursue graduate studies or apply their knowledge and skills to their professional careers.
The Master of Arts in Communication Studies is designed to give students broad exposure to theory and research and, at the same time, allow them to specialize in one area (i.e., argumentation and persuasion, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, organization communication, rhetorical studies). The objectives of the degree include improving the student’s academic and professional competence, preparing the student for advanced graduate work toward the doctoral degree, developing the student’s research capabilities, increasing student’s knowledge in the area of specialization, preparing students to apply their knowledge and skills to a professional setting beyond academia, and providing the opportunity to develop teaching skills for those students who plan a teaching career at the college or university level. Students are expected to demonstrate a high degree of intellectual competence and scholarly discipline, to evaluate messages critically and to demonstrate mastery of the field of specialization.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Programs and Courses Offered
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-Degree
CoursesHuman Communication Studies
Courses are designated as HCOM in the class schedule.