College of Communication & Creative Arts - Communication Studies
Communication is a fundamental part of being human. Communication is how we form relationships, develop creative ideas and products, share experiences, and make connections with others in our personal, professional and civic lives. The Communication Studies program at Rowan offers students breadth and depth in exploring this central and complex part of the human condition across two main specializations:
- Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
- Rhetoric and Cultural Criticism
From intimate interpersonal settings, to mass-mediated public discourse, Communication Studies students focus on the rich complexity of our lived experiences – which are created by and represented through communication.
The Communication Studies curriculum is versatile, allowing students to map out an intellectual journey that suits their skill sets and their unique goals. This versatility is well suited for today’s challenging and evolving economy, as well as for students who have a healthy intellectual curiosity, with wide-ranging interests and abilities. Our students have the knowledge and skills to adapt to a wide range of post-graduate opportunities.
Our majors take a series of core courses designed to give them a solid foundation in theories, research, and application associated with the field of Communication Studies, and which apply to a large range of professional aspirations. Our majors not only understand how certain tasks are performed, but more importantly, why. In this regard, our curriculum prepares students to become leaders in their fields.
The Rhetoric and Cultural Criticism specialization takes a macro view of communication, looking at broad societal forces, influences and discourse. Courses in this specialization focus on topics related to media, technology, culture, media literacy, public affairs, and diversity.
The Interpersonal and Organizational Communication specialization focuses on a micro view of communication, examining more individualized contexts in personal and professional contexts. Courses in this specialization examine relational dynamics and diversity, group and organizational communication, leadership, and cultural influences.
Our curriculum – as a whole – specializes and excels in topics related to diversity, ethics, critical analysis, research, mediated communication, personal and professional relationships, and health communication.
Our students are encouraged to do an internship outside the university, but they also have the opportunity to do a research practicum, working one-on-one with a professor. The internship opportunity is ideal for students seeking professional employment upon graduation, while the practicum is ideal for students considering graduate school.
One of the key strengths of our program is our faculty. We have a diverse group of teacher/scholars who are engaged in cutting-edge research—and incorporate that research into their classes. More importantly, we recognize that our job—first and foremost—is to teach and advise students. In the Communication Studies Department we take pride in having some of the best teachers you’ll find anywhere.