The Department of Communication recognizes the value of an education that integrates professional knowledge and critical understanding. Computer-mediated-communication is changing the ways that people generate, disseminate, receive and use ideas. The Communication Department offers programs that account for these changes by offering a curriculum that is focused, fundamental, and flexible.

The curriculum is grounded in student participation and empowerment, and provides students with the skills necessary to communicate effectively and appropriately in an age of ever-changing technology and opportunities. Students critically examine their own experiences, the popular culture as well as scholarly observations and recognize the complexities of living well in the age of world wide communication and culture.

The programs are designed to prepare graduates to be intellectually and skillfully resilient and prepared for inevitable change. Graduates go on to work in traditional mass media, new media, corporate communications, information management, advertising and public relations.

Capstone experiences include senior projects, seminars, and internships. Students may select the Washington Gateway Program and intern in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area—an educational opportunity unique to colleges in the state.