The Communication department seeks to provide students the opportunity to:
- understand and appreciate the power of language, image and presentation in shaping private, public and corporate opinion;
- to learn to apply language, image and presentation in a broad range of critical and cultural areas;
- and to become ethical professionals in the broad areas of mass communication.
Communication majors are required to select a concentration as their main area of study within the department and take five required courses in that area.
- Public relations
Additionally, communication majors are required to minor or take a cluster in a relevant discipline. The rationale behind this requirement is that work in the information industries is not only about producing content for audiences, readers and users, but, more importantly, about the nature of that content and its purpose. Students must therefore seek to develop expertise in a specific content area.