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With approximately 300 majors and minors, Communication is one of the largest and most diverse departments on campus, offering over 40 courses that present considerable breadth and depth in the areas of rhetoric, media studies, and human communication.

The study of communication is inherently dynamic since it involves highly complex interactions between people and their environment, and between individuals and society. Over its long history, the discipline of communication has continued to change and expand to encompass new theories, account for new social and technological developments, and develop new methodologies and approaches for studying meaning-making and its political and social consequences.

A sympathetic affinity between the study of communication and the community, which keeps theory symmetrically aligned with praxis, is essential to the vitality of the discipline and thus to those who seek a degree within it. Therefore, the department sees its mission as educating students about communication within a framework that emphasizes social justice, ethical interaction, community involvement, and an understanding of the workings of power and privilege.

Among our goals—faculty and Communication students alike—are:

  • To understand the role communication plays in the construction of knowledge;
  • To critically analyze and evaluate communicative processes and actions;
  • To study communication in order to make us more humane and create a community of understanding;
  • To develop imagination and creativity in our approach to the study of communication;

We provide a range of resources and programs for students including academically rigorous classes, opportunities to work closely with professors on research, creative teaching that often includes service learning, regular research colloquia and guest speakers, a national honorary society, and more.

What Do Communication Majors Do After Denison?

The careers and postgraduate study of communication majors indicate a wide range of possibilities.

Our former students hold prominent positions across the country as community organizers, educators, speechwriters, web managers, programming executives, editors, publishers, journalists, attorneys, production assistants, sports managers, human relations officers, and advertising and marketing accountants.

Communication faculty work with students to produce research of exceptional quality. Students have presented papers at the DePauw University Undergraduate Honors Conference, the conference on Ethnicity and Family Communication, the National Communication Association and at the Eastern States Communication Association.

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