skip to main content columnskip to left navigationskip to horizontal navigation

Communication & Performance

College of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to Communication Studies

Law school. Sales. Community leader. Supervisor. Activism. Ministry. Educator. Advocate.

You and Communication Studies can get you there.

Major in Communication

Build relationships, understand human diversity, and be persuasive


Minor in Communication

The perfect minor to complement any major


Scholarships & Graduate Assistance

Undergraduate & graduate financial assistance opportunities


Studies agree, employers are looking for what Communication Studies graduates have:

Employers across the country report they want employees with communication and teamwork skills. They want to hire people who can build relationships, understand human diversity, and are highly persuasive, confident, and motivated. In Communication Studies, we teach you what you need to know to meet employer expectations so you can compete and advance in the workforce.

Our students tell us our program builds community and helps them create close ties with our faculty and with each other.  They report Communication Studies classes help them develop personal relationships that are stronger and understand their social world better.

If you want to strengthen relationships with your friends, partners, and family members, to be better at managing conflict, or to win arguments, Communication Studies courses will help you reach these goals.  If you want to know how you can have a positive influence on others, be an activist, or make societies more equitable and humane, Communication Studies faculty are here for you.  If you want to learn about how film, television, and technology influence society, how messages about health and the body impact people’s lives, how to be a sophisticated, critical thinker, and how to leave an imprint that makes a difference, sign up for our classes.

C. Wesley Buerkle
Recent graduates have gone on to: 

  • Law school
  • Counseling degrees
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Policy advocacy
  • Medical industry administration
  • College recruiting
  • International and public policy graduate programs
  • Human resources/training & development

Dr. Wesley Buerkle
Program Head

In short, we work to prepare students for the changing needs of a variety of job fields by teaching professional skills, equipping students for work across diverse communities, and emphasizing the importance of advocacy and social justice. You will graduate a more competent interpersonal and public communicator.

For the names and descriptions of our courses, visit the course catalog

icon for left menu icon for right menu