Communication Studies

Communication Studies focuses on how messages in various media (spoken, written, printed, photographic, electronic, digital) are produced, used, and interpreted within and across different contexts, channels, and cultures, thereby shaping our social realities.

Communcation Majors

In Communication Studies, students learn about symbolic processes -- whether oral, written, nonverbal, or mediated/visual -- in a variety of contexts: interpersonal relationships, groups, and organizations; politics and public policy; social movements; environmental communication; intercultural communication; health contexts; conflict; gender and sexuality; globalization; and visual rhetoric, media, and digital communication. The department also encourages students to engage in the complex relations between communication and culture.

The mission of the Department of Communication Studies at The College of Wooster is to provide a nationally-recognized undergraduate education for students based on a foundation in communication theory and practice that prepares students to be ethically and civically engaged global citizens in their academic, professional, and personal lives.


Communication Studies Major

Communication Studies Minor


Communication Studies Advising Form

The curriculum features courses in four subareas—rhetoric and politics, communication and culture, relational communication, and media studies—and is flexibly structured so students can focus on those areas that hold the most interest for them.

In preparation for Independent Study, all Communication Studies majors are required to take a course in communication theory and two methods courses, although one methods course may be taken concurrently with Senior IS. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in public speaking.