Sep 26, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Communication Studies

Christopher Claus, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Burroughs, Harvey, Jaasma, Nainby
Associate Professors: Claus, Huang, Tumolo
Assistant Professors: Chvasta, Dawson, Rochadiat
Lecturers: Carranza, Jacquay, Biedendorf, Horvath

Office: Demergasso-Bava Hall - DBH 125
Phone: (209) 667-3371

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies  with Tracks in Relational and Organizational Communication, and Public Communication and Media
Minor in Speech Communication 
Liberal Studies degree concentration in Communication Studies 
Social Sciences degree concentration in Communication Studies  

Teaching Credentials

An approved single subject matter preparation program is available to Communication Studies majors who wish to declare English as their subject matter teaching area, with applicable courses on advisement. Please refer to the Teacher Education section of the Graduate Catalog for a description of other requirements to be completed in obtaining a single subject credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to achieve the following competencies:

  1. Oral Communication: Present oral messages using appropriate modalities and technologies for the audience, purpose, and context to accomplish communication goals
  2. Writing: Construct written messages using appropriate modalities for the audience, purpose, and context to accomplish communication goals
  3. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate to ability to think critically through the analysis of mediated and non-mediated messages
  4. Research: Demonstrate the ability to read, comprehend, apply, synthesize and evaluate research in communication 
  5. Values: Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical frameworks in a variety of contexts in a multicultural and globalized society

International Path to the Major

The Department of Communication Studies supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. For more information, please contact the Office of International Education.