Jenifer Kopfman, Chair
About the Department
Undergraduates in the Department of Communication learn in one of the nation’s most innovative communication programs, with majors taking two year-long courses devoted to core communication competencies and more specialized topics. To address constantly evolving communication practices, our distinctive, integrated curriculum discourages specialization in technologies and professional practices that quickly become obsolete. Instead, communication students are exposed to ideas and develop proficiencies that will sustain them for a lifetime.
In this department, students become communication experts who write beautifully, speak eloquently, think critically, and research effectively. Our students and faculty understand communication as a liberal art.
The department’s curriculum is integrated, covering the entire range of communication topics. Courses consider such subjects as journalism, public relations, new and emerging media, social movements, public opinion, rhetoric, cultural studies, communication between physicians and patients, electronic gaming, and organizational communication.
The study of communication has its origins in antiquity, and effective and ethical communication is essential to success in contemporary life. The departmental mission emphasizes leadership in communication, and all communication students consider such essential topics as communication ethics and solving difficult communication problems.
The department has one of the College’s largest internship programs. Communication majors are encouraged to complete one or more internships, whether credit or non-credit bearing, before completing the communication major.