An education in communication studies offers powerful skill sets that go far beyond polishing one's presentation style. These include negotiating conflict, crafting effective arguments and persuasive messages, working constructively within groups, navigating cultural divides, creating effective publicity campaigns, building satisfying personal relationships, and recognizing the channels of communication available to resolve problems. How do roommates or diplomats resolve disagreements? What communication strategies do people use when testifying before a government subcommittee or interviewing for a job? Communication Studies builds these and related high-demand skills.
As a liberal art, communication studies offers a broad understanding of the world beyond specific skills. You will become a more conscientious consumer of the information that confronts us daily. Courses in the major approach a variety of communication environments and how they function, from public to personal. You may learn about the workings of political campaigns or patterns of talk between doctors and patients. You may learn to dissect Malcolm X's speech on "The Ballot or the Bullet" or dig deep into why women and men sometimes talk past one another. You may gain insight into the dynamics that drive communication patterns in dysfunctional families, or you may learn how the system of advertising shapes our daily lives.
Beyond the Classroom
Scholarly inquiry in the field of communication aims to systematically advance knowledge about how humans create, interpret, and respond to messages. Ultimately, our research helps us to understand how and why humans communicate the way they do. Therefore, the research contributions made by students of the Department of Communication Studies are a lasting part of the body of humanistic and social scientific knowledge about communication.
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