Communication Major

The department’s curriculum consists of courses in three broad areas:

Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication examines interactions with others. Interpersonal Communication is fundamental to managing marriages, friendships, and superior/subordinate relationships. Conflict mediation and the study of social influence are central to this specialty. Intercultural Communication is another area within this specialty, which examines communication relationships across cultures and nations and among diverse groups within a single culture.

Rhetoric and Public Communication
Rhetoric and Public Communication analyzes communication’s operation in public fora, including politics, popular culture, social movements, and the courts. Its theoretical and critical perspectives range from classically-grounded argumentation, persuasion, and traditional public address to postmodern and post-postmodern approaches consistent with recent developments in media technology as well as in feminism, cultural, and critical theories.

Organizational Communication
Organizational Communication probes communication issues posed by the challenges facing 21st-century profit and non-profit organizations: management issues, changes created by technological innovation, communication training, and team collaboration and decision-making. Our undergraduate courses in this specialty provide advanced training to those who seek the Master’s as either a destination degree or as a stepping-stone to doctoral organizational, technological, or small group communication studies.