Communication plays a central role in all spheres of contemporary global and local affairs, work, and life. As a result, we in the Communication Department see our mission to revolve around two central beliefs:
Belief 1: As we communicate, whether publicly, interpersonally, organizationally, or via some mass medium, we tell each other who we are, who we have been, and who we can become. It is in and through communication that we forge our lives.
Belief 2: You cannot succeed in any communication-related field without truly understanding belief 1.
Our Department thus does not aim only to “train” students in specific skills. We integrate the theory and practice of Communication, so that courses that teach skills build upon communication principles, concepts, insights, and research techniques. We strive to provide students with an education in Communication, grounded in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The study of communication in the liberal arts tradition focuses on the understanding and use of symbols that create meaning in multiple communicative contexts—global and local, personal and professional, in-person and mediated. The discipline is grounded in ancient rhetorical traditions and is influenced by contemporary intellectual, artistic and technological developments. Our mission, then, is to produce well-rounded communicators who are capable of speaking and listening well, thinking critically and ethically, and writing clearly.