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2022-2023 University Catalog 
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Human Communication Studies, Department of

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Department Chair

Jon Bruschke

Department Office/Website

College Park 420-1


Jon Bruschke, K. Jeanine Congalton, Tenzin Dorjee, Claudia Evans-Zepeda, Robert Gass, Nise Bloomfield Frye, Javette Hayes, Zac Johnson, Jessica Kamrath, Patty Malone, Summer Martin, Irene Matz, Shanara Reid-Brinkley, 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.

Degree Descriptions

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies provides students with an understanding of communication processes within a wide variety of contexts. it is a generalist degree that allows focus in areas of public address, health communication, interpersonal, organizational and intercultural communication. Students learn to communicate effectively, ethically and persuasively in their relationships, organizations and across cultures. Students learn to evaluate and improve communication for themselves and others in speaking, writing and digital media. Communication studies emphasizes analytical abilities and prepares students for a wide variety of professions, including but not limited to: human resources; counseling; administration; organizational consulting; training and development; conflict negotiation; community organizing; education; non-profit and public policy work; law; humanities and social sciences masters.

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 students’ 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


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-Degree


      Human Communication Studies

      Courses are designated as HCOM in the class schedule.

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