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The Communication Department is a dynamic, student-focused and community-engaged program that focuses on the development of cultural competence within the context of the local community, the nation, and the larger world. We do this through experiential learning opportunities within the context of theoretical coursework. Reflecting the realities of everyday personal, civic, and professional life, you will work closely with your instructors, your student peers, community organizations, and businesses (local or global) to develop a range of communication skills and knowledge such as mediating conflicts, marketing and promoting your organization, developing your personal or professional social media presence, building personal or professional relationships, and much more!
We live in a time shaped by new technologies, digital media, cultural convergence, a global economy, and a rich diversity of cultures. The department is structured around communities of practice with emphasis on four areas: media studies, human interaction, organizational communication, and public relations.
Studies indicate that, in the future, there will be jobs that currently do not exist. The department emphasizes knowledge and competencies that will help you to remain nimble and flexible in an ever changing global society. Our goal is to prepare you for a complex future by developing skills that apply to multiple life and work situations. These communication skills include writing, speaking, listening, resolving conflicts, and interacting across and within different cultures whether face to face or mediated.
Emphasizing the relationship between theory and practice, you will be given the opportunity to improve your skills in oral, written, group, and digital projects to develop a deep understanding of the complex process of human communication. In addition to regular coursework, you will be supported in completing at least one internship, community-based learning project, and/or research project before you graduate!
Theresa Castor, Department Chair