Communication Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Communication Studies?

A: A broad discipline encompassing the social sciences, humanities, liberal arts, and performing arts. For more information review the following document link

Q: What areas of Communication Studies are available in UNCW's department?

A: There are many specialty and sub-discipline areas of communication studies represented in our curriculum.

Primary areas are:

Health Communication

Integrated Marketing Communication (PR/Advertising)

Intercultural/Interracial Communication

Interpersonal Communication

Media Studies

Media Production

Organizational and Group Communication

Performance Studies

Public Speaking

Rhetoric and Communication Theory

Small Group

To see elective courses offered across campus for these specialty areas, open the following document link

If you are interested in Film Studies, please read the following document which highlights the similarities and differences of our departments.

Q: What is the academic mission of the Department of Communication Studies?

A: Our mission statement reads, in part, "Above all, our primary purpose is to provide our majors an undergraduate degree program in which the philosophy, practice, criticism, and study of communication are emphasized and balanced. Specifically, we seek to integrate application with theory." See the full Mission Statement by selecting Mission from the left side column.

Q: As a Communication Studies major, am I required to select an emphasis area or formal track?

A: You have the flexibility to customize your degree program based on aspirations for graduate study and professional career paths. See all requirements and options on the B.A. Requirements page, located under the Admissions tab.

Q: What opportunities for graduate study or professional employment are available to those who earn a B.A. in communication studies?

A: Graduate study options at the Masters and Doctoral levels are available in discipline specialty areas represented in the department. Options will vary based on your goals so talk to your advisor about what opportunities might be out there for you and check out the Helpful Links section under the Advising tab.

Check out the web document below for more information on the professional outcomes of a Communication Studies degree.

Q: How do I Become a Communication Studies Major

A: This information can be found under the Admissions tab in the Becoming a Communication Studies Major section.