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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Communication Studies, Department of

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Department Chair

Gary Ruud

Department Office/Website

College Park 420-1


Claudia Anguiano, Kristofer Brock, Jon Bruschke, K. Jeanine Congalton, Michael Davis, Tenzin Dorjee, Robert Gass, Nise Bloomfield Frye, Javette Hayes, Zac Johnson, Minjung Kim, Kurt Kitselman, Patty Malone, Summer Martin, Irene Matz, Peter Nwosu, Gary Ruud, Terry Saenz, Alyssa Samek, HyeKyeung Seung, Daniel Sutko, Jason Teven, Erika Thomas, Stella Ting-Toomey, Kenneth Tom, Ying-Chiao Tsao, Phil Weir-Mayta, Toya Wyatt.


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. Understanding communication processes in depth can, with specialized education and training, also be used to diagnose and treat disorders of communication.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-DegreeCertificate

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