The study of communication and rhetoric treats human communication as purposeful interaction between speakers and listeners. It takes into account the purpose of the message, the audience, the channels used, and the context in which the communication occurs. As a discipline, communication investigates a broad range of topics and incorporates knowledge acquired from other fields as well, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics.
Students choose four courses (12 credits) from either Rhetorical Studies or Media Studies as their main area of emphasis and two courses (6 credits) from the other area of emphasis. A partial list of available classes is provided below.
All Communication majors must select four courses from another discipline within the humanities area or from a discipline outside the humanities as approved by a faculty advisor. Students may also choose a Minor rather than a Related Area which is often a total of 15 credits, depending upon the chosen Minor.