Communication Department
  • The mission of the Communication Department is to foster the practice and study of communication to inform and transform society for the better. The department promotes the study of communication and the arts of persuasion, community-building, and journalistic reporting that contribute to the Greek ideal of the "agora" as the center of a democratic, diverse society. We pursue this mission by encouraging: 

    1. A passion to use communication as a powerful tool in the promotion of justice in our world
    2. Perception in effectively interpreting and understanding communication situations and challenges
    3. Performance in being able to prepare and present effective, responsible messages.

    We envision a world where communication is founded on respect for individual autonomy and equality, and where such communication contributes to self-realization, self-determination, and democracy.

    The department offers BA and minor degrees in Communications Studies, Journalism, and Strategic Communications.

    BA degree programs:

    • Communication Studies BA. The BA offers a liberal arts study of human communication designed to increase your understanding of how communication works and to improve your effectiveness as communicators in your community or in business. You take courses in public speaking, persuasion, and mass communication, as well as interpersonal and organizational communication. Special emphasis is placed on communication as a means of community-building and creating social change. Graduates go to careers in a variety of fields where thoughtful communication is required, or to graduate study in law, public administration, or communication itself. Learn more here.
    • Journalism BA. The BA is a professionally oriented major that prepares you for careers in the mass media, most especially in journalistic media, whether traditional – print or broadcast – or part of the newer online world, where storytelling is conducted via audio, visual and networking means as well as through text. You take a core of media writing and reporting classes that emphasize preparation for the variety of journalistic media. Graduates go on to jobs with online publications, newspapers, television stations, newspapers, and documentary makers. Learn more here.
    • Strategic Communications BA. The BA is a professionally oriented major that converges public relations with reputation management and brand communications. Special emphasis is placed on preparing students to lead projects for social change in their communities. The major is complemented by the Center for Strategic Communications, which oversees a student-run consultancy committed to helping values-driven organizations. Members of the student agency engage and service real world clients to achieve specific communication goals. Graduates from this major go on to careers in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Learn more here.

    Go to the main degree page for details and degree requirements for the BA and minor degrees.

  • News and Events

    Faculty, Students Delve into Pop Culture, featuring Professor Chris Paul and students Kathryn Smith (Strategic Communications major) and Anina Walas (Communication and Psychology major). Read the article here

    Alumni News: Alaska Airlines names Shaunta Hyde, class of 1992 Journalism major, managing director of community relations. More here

    Professor Caitlin Ring receives a Summer Research Fellowship to examine hate speech in social media. More here.