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Through the study of science, media, and technology, students in the Department of Communication are able to examine the rapidly changing communication landscape. Students in the program have a great deal of flexibility to design a program that fits their needs, and undergraduate students are encouraged, through faculty advising, to find courses that will fit their interests.

The Department of Communication's goals for undergraduate student learning are:

  • Develop familiarity with ideas fundamental to scholarship in the social sciences, with mastery of principles of key communication theories.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how processes of social influence operate in communication contexts including science, media and technology.
  • Apply systematic analytic skills to pressing social and policy issues.
  • Develop communication knowledge and skills to enter into and succeed in complex social organizations.
  • Recognize the foundations, assumptions, and methods of communication research, and be able to apply a wide range of empirical research methods to diverse intellectual questions.
  • Write and speak lucidly, logically, and intelligently.


Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science

The undergraduate communication curriculum is organized around 5 sets of courses:

  1. Social science of communication core: Four courses provide students the core social science of communication principles, from theory to application including written, oral, and visual communication.

  2. Research & data literacy: Communication as a social science involves mastering the means through which we study and examine communication processes. Research methods and statistics courses ensure students have the literacy and skills necessary to analyze and evaluate the processes of communication.

  3. Concentrations: The intellectual breadth of our program comes from an innovative set of courses based on four concentrations within Communication that provide the foundational motivation for and landscape of each topic: 1) Media Studies, 2) Communication Technology, 3) Social Influence, and 4) Environment, Science & Heath. All students must choose at least one concentration to specialize in, taking the introductory course as well as advanced courses associated with that concentration. 

  4. Electives: Students will deepen and broaden their knowledge of specific communication policies, issues, practices, and effects through advanced communication coursework across the concentrations.

  5. Practica: Students will apply their communication knowledge and skills to develop a portfolio of applied communication products and artifacts through our practica classes. Students strengthen their communication skills and ensure they have tangible products that demonstrate their mastery of communication for professional purposes.