Communication Studies focuses on the ways that people make use of both verbal and nonverbal messages to generate meanings within various contexts, cultures, and media. Courses provide a strong theoretical foundation in communication as well as an emphasis on improvement in practical communication skills. Majors in Communication Studies have the flexibility to focus on specific areas of interest while obtaining a thorough understanding of communications.
The graduate certificate in Health Communication is an interdisciplinary program that requires 18 hours of graduate level courses. The courses selected for this certificate are chosen for their applicability for individuals working in the health care industry and for consumers who wish to understand the role of communication in health care processes and outcomes. The graduate certificate helps students apply their knowledge of communication in the health care field. In addition, the certificate may be beneficial to individuals already working in the health care industry but who wish to have an advanced understanding of the role of communication in health or wish to advance their careers.
The Department of Journalism offers opportunities for students to prepare for rewarding careers in a variety of communication fields. This program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with an emphasis in news-editorial journalism, photojournalism, public relations, advertising or graphic communications as well as opportunities to take courses across the emphases and in the Department of Radio-Television. The department is also home to the award-winning, twice weekly student newspaper, The Herald.
The program in radio and television offers emphases in broadcast journalism and production, which has options in video/audio, multi-media or narrative motion picture. The program is designed to provide the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for those who would pursue careers in the broadcast, cable, digital/interactive media and related industries and for those who plan graduate work in communications.