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Communication Studies explores how people sustain and change, experience, and make sense of the world through symbolic action. Students develop conceptual skills to analyze written, oral, and visual messages. Students gain practical experience in areas such as public speaking, group decision-making, performance, and film. Such skills are elemental to careers in business, government, law, social services, and the arts.
Students are encouraged to select a pathway or area of emphasis that addresses their personal interests and goals. The choices include Public Discourse, Art and Culture, Professional Communication, Communication in Human Relationships, and Visual and Mediated Communication. Recommended courses focus on power, performance art, personal relationships, organizational communication, and film. Internships are available.
Extracurricular activities include the Organization for Communication Studies, the Speech and Debate Team, and the HopKins Black Box Theatre.