Communication Studies

Mission

Above all, our primary purpose is to provide our majors with a degree in which the philosophy, practice, criticism, and study of communication are emphasized and balanced. Specifically, we seek to integrate application with theory.

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The Department of Communication Studies is a group of teachers/scholars dedicated to several distinct purposes within the university and in various communities. Housed primarily in the social sciences, the department also recognizes, embraces, and represents the humanities and liberal arts roots and foundations of its discipline. Above all, our primary purpose is to provide our majors with graduate and undergraduate degree programs in which the philosophy, practice, criticism, and study of communication are appropriately  emphasized and balanced.  Specifically, we seek to integrate application with theory. Such integration makes our program well suited to preparing our students for both graduate education and professional careers.

Our commitment is to higher education, and to an involvement with our students that is dynamic and interactive. We wish to serve as models of the subjects we teach. As educators, the department values reasoned advocacy, artistic expression, and pragmatic success. We assume our students seek to become responsible communicators who can consume, analyze, create and use communication effectively and ethically.

Because Communication Studies is a broad discipline, we expose our undergraduate students to the variety of contexts in which communication takes place. Across the four primary areas of interpersonal, group, public communication, and mediated/digital communication, we investigate numerous styles and modes of interaction. The department covers the spectrum of applied communication, ranging from rhetoric, public address and performance studies to communication technologies, including media production and computer-assisted interaction.

Our graduate program shares the same foundational commitments along with a more specific focus on the study and practice of integrated marketing communication (IMC). We seek to work closely with our students to help them think deeply about the strategic, creative and logistical challenges of IMC. We explore how theory, research, analytics and digital platforms and environments can help navigate those challenges.

As a community of teacher/scholars, we are committed to scholarly and artistic endeavors germane to the courses we teach. We explore all viable research and creative venues that afford scholarly expression. These include texts, articles, broadcast artifacts, digital media products, scripts, performances, convention/conference presentations, workshops, and seminars.

Service to our discipline, college, university, community, and region is also a vital part of our mission. Sharing communication expertise with these publics enhances the department's visibility and credibility. It also helps promote our program as well as the university's general directive. Applied learning through our research, courses and even student organizations helps us express our commitment to working with and serving others.

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