"The filed of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication" (www.natcom.org).
The word "communicate" has the same root as the word "community:" the Latin communis. To communicate is to create and engage in community. Students use knowledge about symbols to understand their worlds.
Students who minor in communication studies take the following courses: public speaking, small group communication, organizational communication, media, rhetoric, and interviewing. Students understand the theory of communication, as well as how to speak, write, and think critically.
Why is communication important?
The communication studies minor prepares students for positions in business, government, education, the arts, and performance.
Communication is primarily a social process that is used in personal, academic, and professional spheres.
Communication studies emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and speaking.
Communication is essential for "the development of the whole person; the improvement of the educational enterprise; being a responsible citizen of the world, both socially and culturally; and succeeding in one's career and in the business enterprise" (Morreale, S.P., Osborn, M.M., & Pearson, J.C. Why communication is important: A rationale for the centrality of the study of communication. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 29, 1-25).