Communication Studies is a broad academic area that studies and applies communication in many different contexts, including relationships, culture, and performance. Students are trained to apply their communication skills to a chosen profession and/or graduate school. The program includes opportunities for service-learning and collaborative research with faculty.
What We Do
Here's a quick description of what we do in Communication Studies. We connect our classes to the world, New Orleans and beyond. We take students to national conferences and performance festivals. We partner with inspiring social activists. We collaborate with students on research projects. We sponsor provocative campus events. In essence, we study the diverse ways that people make their worlds through communication by doing that work ourselves alongside students.
Jobs & Graduate School
What can you do with a degree in Communication Studies? A better question is: What can't you do? Communication skills are at the top of every employers "must have" list when hiring new graduates. So we work with you to develop a strategy for applying your communication skills to the career of your choice. Our interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication is also great preparation for graduate school in a wide range of disciplines, from the Humanities to the Social Sciences.
The Communication Studies program is committed to the promotion of social justice through its curriculum, research, and community service. The program attempts to equip students for the responsibilities of global citizenship, leadership, and service in an increasingly complex world that requires sophisticated theoretical, critical, and practical understanding of human communication. Communication Studies courses focus on communication processes found in both the humanities and the social sciences in the following areas: Applied Communication, Communication and Culture, and Performance Studies.
In addition to satisfying the department's mission, the Communication Studies program will:
- educate students in the philosophy, history, theory, and practice of communication studies from a variety of perspectives.
- train students to become ethical communicators.
- assist students in articulating the relationship between communication, culture, and identity.
- engage students in service-learning practices that demonstrate civic engagement and promote social justice.
- equip students with communication research skills.
- prepare students for graduate school in communication and/or careers that require skilled professional practices in communication