Communications is the process of conveying messages to others, whether in a one-to-one encounter, in a public speech to many, in a mass medium that reaches millions, or in an artistic venue. Communicators know how to design messages for a variety of media and how to change that message depending on the audience or the medium. Good communicators know that effective messages are structured differently for speech, print, photography, film, visual art, radio, theatre or television.
Knowledge of many areas is essential to successful structuring of these messages; e.g., language, rhetoric, culture, history, art, music, drama, technology and science. Communications is by its very nature a liberal art. Effective and accurate communicators are needed in this information age. Imaginative people, who can speak, write and produce messages for a variety of media, are valuable. The department offers a major in Communications with a concentration in one of four areas: Communication Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, and Theatre Studies. The department also offers a major in Art (please see separate listing under Art).
Five minors are offered: Communications, Art, Theatre, Media Studies and Photography.
Chair: Merry Renn Vaughan, Ph.D.
See listing under ART.