TENURED AND TENURED-TRACK FACULTY:
Joan Furey, Chair
Communication is the study of the innate human ability to use symbols and create meaning. The Department of Communication contains within it two tracks: Communication Studies and Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Research and instruction in Communication Studies focus on the study of how messages in various media (spoken, written, printed, photographic, electronic, digital) are produced, used, and interpreted within and across different contexts, channels, and cultures. Communication Studies focuses on how people arrive at shared meanings through an interchange of messages or, in other words, the symbolic processes through which meanings and social realities are created and performed. The origin of Communication Studies goes back to the ancient Greeks and, in its infancy, the discipline emphasized public speaking alone. Today the discipline studies symbolic processes - whether oral, written, nonverbal, or mediated/visual - in a variety of contexts: interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, public address, intercultural communication, media, digital communication, and globalization. The department encourages students to engage in the complex relations between communication and culture. Majors in the track of Communication Studies learn how to be more effective communicators and how to be critical analysts of communication, thereby preparing them for life as enlightened citizens and professionals in a variety of career paths in business, politics, media, education, law, healthcare, religion, and the nonprofit sector.
Minor in Communication Studies
Consists of six courses:
- Majors in the Communication Studies track must complete their methods course (COMM 35200 or COMM 35300 ) no later than the spring of their junior year. Majors should also complete the theory course (COMM 31100 ) prior to the first semester of Senior Independent Study (COMM 45100 ); normally, this will entail registration in COMM 31100 in the fall of the junior year.
- In addition to demonstrating proficiency in research and writing through Independent Study, a major in the Communication Studies track must demonstrate proficiency in public speaking, as certified by all faculty members in the Department of Communication, based upon the student’s oral presentation of his/her Senior Independent Study proposal. These public presentations will typically be scheduled in the fall, and students will be provided with specific guidelines to follow. The faculty also encourages majors to seek the help of their advisers in preparing their presentations.
- No more than two Communication Studies and/or Communication Sciences and Disorders courses can be applied toward the general education requirements.
- No courses may be taken for the major on a S/NC basis.
- Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.
Cross-listed Courses Accepted for Communication Studies Credit
AFST 24200. Martin, Malcolm & Mandela [C, HSS]
AFST 24600. Africana Popular Culture [AH, C]
ENGL 29901. Serials and Social Justice/ Digital Age [AH, C]
HIST 20101. History of the News [HSS, W]
PSCI 21200. Presidential Leadership in Am Politics [HSS]
PSCI 21501. Topics in Constitutional Law andAppellate Advocacy [W]
PSCI 21900. Voice of the People?/Pbl Opn & Voting [HSS]
PSYC 11000. Child & Adolescent Development [HSS]
PSYC 21200. Abnormal Psychology [HSS]
PSYC 21500. Psychology of Women & Gender [HSS]
PSYC 22000. Stereotypes & Prejudice [C, HSS]
PSYC 23000. Human Neuropsychology [HSS]
PSYC 32200. Memory & Cognition [W]
PSYC 32200L. Memory & Cognition Lab
PSYC 33500. Perception and Action [W]
PSYC 33500L. Perception & Action Lab
Sociology and Anthropology
SOCI 20900. Inequality in America [HSS]