The ability to effectively communicate is among the most widely applicable life and career skills you can develop. It can help you land a job and keep it. It can help you advance your career and maintain personal relationships. All that we do conveys important information about ourselves to others. It isn’t just professional mediums like newspapers and websites that carefully focus their messages to reach specific audiences. The way you speak with your friends, for example, is different than the way you speak to your family or your teachers. Learning to carefully consider and craft the messages we send is of paramount importance in the information age.
The communication studies program provides a base for furthering your understanding of human interaction and how to shape the messages you convey when you speak and write. It offers classes that focus on specialized aspects of communication, such as communication in groups, leadership, public speaking, and organizational communication. Whether you get a thrill from a good debate or want to sharpen your listening ear, the communication studies program can help you develop your interpersonal communication skills.