We are one of the most successful majors at URI due to the individualized attention and mentoring made possible by small class sizes and superb teaching that we provide our undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the excellent placements our alumni receive across a variety of industries and prestigious graduate and professional programs. Since we envision our students to be the leaders of tomorrow, we work hard to provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enable them to have successful lives and careers.

With more than 800 undergraduate majors, a large cadre of exceptional graduate students, 30 tenure-track and full-time faculty members – many of whom are award-winning scholars and teachers – and more than 150 attractive course offerings each semester, the Department of Communication Studies is an intellectually and culturally diverse and vibrant community, made up of people who are committed to exploring the many facets of human communication from historical, cultural, philosophical, socio-political, and social-scientific points of view.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies

As an undergraduate major in Communication Studies, you will learn how to develop theoretical and practical communication skills in public speaking, interpersonal transactions, group dynamics, argumentation and debate, gender communication, intercultural communication, communication technologies, mass media, political communication, oral interpretation of literature, conflict resolution and negotiations, and organizational communication. Students are expected to develop strong research and practical skills through our required courses, and can tailor most of their communication coursework to their particular areas of interest. So, while we require a strong foundation, the program of studies is designed for maximum flexibility.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Studies

Graduate study in Communication Studies at URI is based on an interdisciplinary philosophy designed to enhance options for graduates. The Department of Communication Studies offers a 30-credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts degree. In consultation with faculty advisors, students are expected to develop their course of studies to foster their developing career needs. The curriculum prepares students interested in establishing or furthering their careers as professionals in communication or related fields such as personnel, business administration, human services, or for continuing study in a Ph.D. program.