The Department of Communication offers more than 40 courses that present considerable breadth and depth in the areas of rhetoric, media studies, and human 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.
The Communication major earning the highest accumulated GPA preceding the final semester of senior year is awarded the John P. Levis Award and recognized in the annual Honors Convocation.
Clyde Schumaker Award
The Clyde Schumaker Award is given by the department to the Communication major who, in the view of the faculty, has demonstrated excellence in Communication both through academic performance and contributions to the development of the Department and major.
Orlando Taylor Paper Award
Established in 2009, the Orlando Taylor Paper Award is given to a student who has produced outstanding work in the field of Communication. Communication majors and minors are invited to submit 15-30 page pages that have received an A- or above in a Communication course for this award. Papers can be on any topic and can employ any theoretical or methodological perspective and must be approved for submission by the course professor. Papers are usually submitted in February. The recipient will be given support if he/she wishes to present the paper at a conference. The winner will also receive a cash prize and have his/her name listed on a plaque in the department showcase. The recipient will also present his/her work at the Spring Communication Department colloquium.
The Lionel G. Crocker Scholarship
A gift of James P. Huchison, is awarded to a current junior (rising senior) majoring in Communication and demonstrating financial need, who best exemplifies distinguished work in the field of Communication.
The Geraldine H. Crocker Scholarship
The Geraldine H. Crocker Scholarship, made through a bequest by Mrs. Crocker, is awarded to a Communication major demonstrating financial need, and demonstrating scholastic excellence.