Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Kathleen M. Golden
Outstanding faculty scholarship
Dr. Andrew R. Smith, professor & head of the graduate program, was recently awarded the 2016 Donald Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award.
Study Abroad in Italy & Greece
Join Dr. Melissa Gibson and Dr. Tim Thompson for a travel-learning Study Abroad experience to Italy and Greece in May, 2017!
Tammy Roche, VP of Financial Development, Marketing and Membership for the YMCA of Greater Erie, will be honored as an Outstanding Alumni.
What can you do with a degree in Communication Studies? Whatever you want! The Communication Studies Department offers highly flexible degree programs that prepare students for the ever-changing workplace of the future. In the Communication Studies program, we develop your skills so you can more effectively speak, write, create, persuade, lead, think critically and work with others—life-long skills identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as the most important qualities employers seek in new hires.
Communication Studies faculty possess a broad range of combined professional and teaching experience in areas including organizational communication, persuasion and sales, health communication, intercultural communication, training and consulting, debate and performance studies. Our faculty members are knowledgeable teachers, accomplished researchers, and student-friendly advisors. Majors work one-on-one with our faculty members to customize a plan of study that reflects the interests of each individual student.
Our curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels provides students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes theory and application. The department prepares students for a variety of careers in the field of communication and for graduate study in the discipline. At the undergraduate level, majors can select an area of application in Managerial & Leadership Communication, Communication & Public Advocacy or Applied Communication. In addition, undergraduate students from other majors can declare a minor in Communication Studies (any six COMM classes totaling 18 credits). The Master of Arts in Communication Studies (MACS) program seeks to develop a student's specialized knowledge and skill in the following areas of emphasis: Managerial and Leadership Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, Intercultural and International Communication, and Public Communication. Graduate students also have the option of obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management concurrently with their program of study.
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