Undergraduate Program Overview

...the history, processes, and effects of human communication through speech and its extensions...

Communication takes as its subject matter the history, processes, and effects of human communication through speech and its extensions. The departmental curriculum is designed to provide a liberal education in the arts and sciences of human communication as well as preparation for career opportunities in business, government, education, and related fields. Within the curriculum, students may pursue academic courses that emphasize many disciplinary areas, including organizational communication, public relations, intercultural communication, political communication, conflict management, cognition and persuasion, rhetorical theory, history of rhetoric, and criticism of public discourse.

The strength of a Communication major resides in an understanding of the place of communication in humanity and in a fully developed ability to participate effectively and responsibly in communicating with others. Your education in Communication will go beyond performance courses that teach the skills of speaking into courses that explore our knowledge of communication in business, government, and other human institutions and relationships.

Over the years, Communication has also served as an exceptional pre-professional major. Particularly those who proceed to study law, the helping professions, and governmental service have found the major critical to their later success. Many of our students remain in Communication by pursuing graduate work. A major in Communication contributes to the quality of life far beyond the workplace. Those who seek to be good citizens or just good neighbors leave the major with experience and understanding that enriches their lives.

The Undergraduate Major in Communication


The Communication major requirements are designed to provide multiple levels of knowledge of communication. The Department of Communication offers students four tracks of study: Communication Studies, Public Relations, Rhetoric & Political Culture, and Social Influence. The course requirements for the different tracks vary and the key to a successful completion of the COMM major requirements is based on planning the appropriate course sequence for your track of choice. Each track is composed of six parts: performance requirement, Communication research requirements, track requirements, track electives, intellectual skills, and cognate. 


A grade of 'C-' or better is required in all courses used to satisfy major requirements.


Requirements of the Major and the Tracks of Study

Public Relations

Rhetoric & Political Culture

Social Influence

Communication Studies