Communication Studies

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 student's 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 student's 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: