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The Communication Studies curriculum focuses on the pervasive role of communication in a changing global society. It bridges boundaries among interpersonal, group and public communication through the exploration and analysis of diverse communication skills. A degree in communication studies will provide students with skills and knowledge to prepare for careers in broadcasting, business, education, law, philosophy, politics, public relations, and many other related fields.
Students interested in the study of human communication are encouraged to participate in two groups: Pi Kappa Delta (speech and debate) and/or Lambda Pi Eta (academic honorary). The Hastings College Speech and Debate Team (forensics) is consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the nation. Students participate in interpretation, public address, limited preparation, and debate events. Our nationally recognized honorary (Lambda Pi Eta) provides students with the opportunity to showcase their commitment to service, speaking, and scholarship.
The Communication Studies faculty members are dedicated professionals with extensive experience in the study and practice of communication. The tenured faculty members all have advanced degree coursework (doctoral level). Unlike many institutions, where entry level courses are taught by graduate students, HC takes pride in putting our best instructors in ALL courses. New students will learn from professors with extensive experience and training in the study of communication. Employers continually rank “communication skill” as essential in the workplace (Seiler, & Beall, 2008; U. S. Department of Labor, 2007 O*NET survey). A degree in Communication Studies will help students prove to employers that they have the skills needed in a global and dynamic work environment.