Mary Vaughn (chair), Jimmy Davis, Jeremy Fyke, Suzanne Lindsey, Jason Stahl, and Nathan Webb
The study of human communication is simultaneously one of the oldest and newest disciplines in academia. Grounded in rhetoric (ancient Greek and Roman oratory), Communication Studies stresses traditional forms of communication while adapting them to diverse contemporary communication situations. These different arenas of communication include the interpersonal realm of group dynamics; corporate communication and complex campaigns; and the rhetorical realm of political, social and religious discourse.
The department offers courses which fall into two basic categories: 1) courses which enhance personal oral interaction and skills, and 2) courses which develop a more complete understanding of the nature of communication and how it shapes society. The ultimate goal is to develop sophistication in the formulation, presentation and consumption of communication.
Students are able to sharpen their skills for whatever career in professional communications they pursue, be it politics, business, entertainment, public relations, teaching, or the health industry. Many students choose to continue the learning process in graduate studies, including law, theology, and education.