The Department of Communication provides instruction in the areas of Mass Communication
and Speech Communication, offering courses within these areas that include but are
not limited to: health communication, media literacy, communication technologies,
marketing communication, public relations, electronic journalism, communication ethics,
news editorial, communication education, rhetoric, argumentation, and interpersonal,
intercultural, organizational, legal, and environmental communication.
Our courses seek to strengthen students' basic speaking and writing skills, enhance
students' competence as media consumers and critics, and acquaint students with the
dynamic processes involved in all forms of discursive and symbolic interaction. In
all of these endeavors, we seek to foster students’ critical awareness of, appreciation
for, and engagement with multiple and diverse perspectives.
Our central pedagogical goal is to provide students with an integrated understanding
of the communication arts and sciences in order to provide them with an understanding
of the problems and preoccupations of human communication as well as cultivate their
ethical and compassionate engagement with multiple perspectives and experiences.