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Department of Communication Studies College of Arts & Letters

About Communication Studies

Communication Studies Department Mission Statement

The faculty of Communication Studies, Journalism and Film is a community of professionals, educated and experienced in a diverse range of specialty areas, and united by a common body of information related to the creation, application, and understanding of messages.

The department exists to provide quality instruction that assists students in becoming intellectually aware citizens who are ethical, competent communicators. Further, the department seeks to maintain and develop the body of scholarly knowledge that unites the field.

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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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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