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Did you know that the ability to communicate effectively is consistently listed as the number one skill employers look for in new hires? This evergreen skill is central to your study as a communication student. Through communications courses, you will explore the complexities of verbal and nonverbal communication and their importance in interpersonal, organizational, and cultural contexts. You will emerge with the knowledge and skills to bring people and organizations together in any field that you choose to pursue.   

Student during Study Abroad trip

JanTerms are a one-month, intensive study either at home or abroad, offered in January or May. Travel courses to different parts of the world, studying culture and communication, enrich your educational experience in an evolving global world. While on-campus courses support your exportation of new areas of interest or a focused study of your passions.  

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Ida Green, as it is commonly
known, was recently renovated
and reopened in fall 2021. The first
floor was renovated to create the 
Sally and Jim Nation Learning
Commons, a popular study hub on
campus, and the Sally and Jim
Nation Theatre, a 500-seat theatre. 
This multi-purpose area hosts a 
variety of campus activities, including
classes, guest lectures, and group

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Student during Study Abroad trip

Our Professionalism and the Humanities (PATH) program helps you build career-ready skills, explore the real-world career paths of successful recent alumni, and incorporate project-based learning into your courses that allow you to work with community organizations, develop exhibitions, and learn about the publishing process. 

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Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Communication is embedded

in everything we do, but it’s more than speaking and writing. Your four-year academic experience will strengthen and refine your skills in analysis, critical thinking, and collaboration. With a degree in communication, at graduation you will be prepared to: 

  • Work in a variety of areas in many organizations, including marketing, corporate communications, human resources, and many others; 
  • Conduct research using qualitative methods such as interviewing, field observation, and textual analysis; and 
  • Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning applied to understanding of the role of language, non-verbal presentation of self, and visual and material communication in everyday interactions. 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Joyce Aldridge

Dr. Joyce Aldridge

Library Associate, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Mike Fairley

Dr. Mike Fairley

Associate Professor of Communications

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Popular Courses

  • Public Speaking

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Organizational Communication

  • Communication in Relationships

  • Nonverbal Communication

  • Health Communication 

  • Intercultural Communication