History

History


Since its inception as a separate department in 1967, the Department of Communication Studies has fostered a tradition of serving the educational needs of students through teaching, research, and service missions. From thestudents in soundlab┬ádepartment’s roots as a public speaking-based program, Communication Studies has evolved into a broad-based liberal arts program that examines a wide variety of human communication experiences including mass media, public relations, persuasion, argumentation, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, gender communication, small group communication, business and organizational communication. Other course areas include telecommunications,oral interpretation, communication and racism, nonverbal communication, political communication, conflict intervention and resolution, rhetorical criticism and theory, television advertising and research methods.