The Department of Communication Studies offers courses leading to a B.A. degree. 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. Since 75% of a person's day is spent communicating in some way, the importance of being able to communicate clearly cannot be overemphasized. Communication skills are essential to personal satisfaction and academic success, as well as employment.
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. Students may also choose to become involved with departmental activities such as the debate team or Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for communication students.