The Communication Studies department is dedicated to providing students an education
where skills, concepts and critical thinking are developed in collaboration with practice
and application. We are committed to developing studentsï¿½ personal and professional
communication skills by fostering an understanding and examination of the role of
communication in human relationships, groups and organizations, cultures, society,
and civic affairs.
Working with people requires excellent verbal communication skills. Communication
skills such as working in teams, leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking,
and effectively communicating messages are cited as some of the most important skills
employers look for in college students preparing for the workplace, regardless of
major or degree. Communication courses make a difference in studentsï¿½ self-assessment
and growth in terms of communication competence, confidence, and willingness to communicate.
Communication studies courses will help you make strategic communication choices within
a variety of social contexts, whether public or private, with large audiences or with
individual partners, and within and across cultures. Clark offers courses in interpersonal,
small group and public speaking, as well as studies in mass communication, cross-cultural
and persuasion theory.
The goals of the Communication Studies Department:
- Respond to local and global demands for communication knowledge.
- Provide students with frameworks in which to understand communication processes to
help them navigate through a world of complex messages and situations.
- Enhance communication skills in interpersonal, small group, public speaking and cultural
- Develop proficiency in sending and receiving messages.
- Develop studentsï¿½ ability to evaluate messages analytically and critically.
- Provide students the tools of understanding and practice that allow them to function
as engaged citizens.