Our Department does not aim to simply “train” students, as if Communication is a technical degree. We integrate the theory and practice of Communication, so that courses that teach skills build upon communication concepts, insights, and research techniques. In other words, we strive to provide students with an education in Communication, grounded in the Liberal Arts & Sciences, not a narrow, technical training. The study of communication in the liberal arts tradition focuses on the understanding and use of symbols that create meaning in multiple communicative contexts. 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 writing clearly.
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Intergroup Relations (IGR) is an educational experience about issues of social justice. One-credit IGR courses are designed to prepare students to create dialogues in situations where understanding and listening are needed. We will focus on building relationships among students from different identity groups (e.g., gender, religion, race, ability, socio-economic status, etc.). Students will receive 1 credit in Communication. For more information, go to www.villanova.edu/IGR
On May 10, 2009, Robert Ali Childs, subject of "The Price of Life", and Dr. John O'Leary, Villanova University faculty and advisor to the Documentary film students, talk with Steve Highsmith about the student documentary "The Price of Life" and the social issues surrounding the film.
In short, we believe we’ve got some amazing opportunities here for students interested in Communication. Our students and alums seem to agree—we’re the largest major in the College of Arts & Sciences, and have been recognized by the National Communication Association for the quality and size of our program …so why don’t you join us?