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The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communication Studies and in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS).

Communication Studies majors can choose an emphasis in:

Organizational Communication

Rhetoric, Ethics & Social Justice

Stratregic Relationship Maintenance

Students may also minor in Communication Studies or in Digital Media.

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences majors can prepare for a graduate degree in either:

Speech-language Pathology


Or choose the Childhood Communication concentration

Students may also minor in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences

Additionally, the SLHS program offers two certificates: 

SLHS Leveling 

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 

CAS Course Rotation Chart 2015-2019


Communication Studies Departmental Mission Statement

The Department of Communication Studies provides educational opportunities centered on communication for a diverse urban population by offering a full range of introductory, advanced, and collaborative teacher/learner centered curricula. 


The department achieves this mission through the faculty’s dedication to excellence in instruction, both classroom and technologically mediated, professional renewal, and participation in partnerships with public schools, businesses, media organizations, health care agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The department continues to develop and to offer opportunities for students.  Our curricula provide theoretical foundations and practical applications to prepare students for graduate school, employment, and personal and aesthetic development, all grounded in a strong liberal arts tradition.


New Publications

We are busy with our scholarship in Comm Studies!

Congratulations to these faculty from Communication Studies for new publications:

Karen Lollar: Professor

CAS professor Dr. Karen Lollar was featured in the April 2016 issue of Communication Currents. Dr. Lollar discussed her research on strategic invisibility for the publication, which is circulated by the National Communication Association.

Lollar, K. (2016). Strategic Invisibility: Resisting the inhospitable dwelling place. The Review of Communication. In press. doi: 10.1080/15358593.2015.1116592

Eric James: Associate Professor

Barbour, J. B., & James, E. P. (2015). Collaboration for Compliance: Identity Tensions in the Interorganizational and Interdisciplinary Regulation of a Toxic Waste Storage Facility. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43(4), 363-384. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2015.1083601

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