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Department of Communication Studies College of Arts & Letters

About Communication Studies

Academic Programs

Courses in Communication Studies focus on understanding the communication process and developing skills to communicate effectively.

The Department offers a wide range of courses in interpersonal, group, and organizational communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, public relations, mass communication and research methodologies.

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UPDATE 1/3/2023: Due to weather restrictions limiting the COMS office availability, our staff will be available 1/4/2023 virtually from 8am to 5pm via Zoom and our in-person office will be closed.

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General Communication Studies

The General Communication Studies major has the flexibility to select courses based in Small Group, Organizational, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Mass Communication, Rhetoric, New Media, and Film.

Public Relations

The Public Relations major has a theoretical base focused on the concepts of publics and how communication informs various audiences.


The Journalism major emphasizes writing, editing, and interactive media. Journalism majors can write for The State Hornet.

Film Program

The Film major develops a deeper understanding of the art and practice of film and the artists whose vision have inspired generations of filmmakers.

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    Department of Communication Studies
    Mendocino Hall, Room 5014
    Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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    Phone: (916) 278-6688

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