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Communication Studies Faculty
Stacey Bartlett, Chair 895-2243
Jan McKissick 895-2393
David Payne 895-2236
Tom Grothe 895-2241
Laura Rapozo-Davis 879-4341
Christina Barber 893-7599

Talk is cheap


“What the Greek leader Pericles said more than 2,500 years ago is still true today: ‘One who forms a judgment on any point but cannot explain’ it clearly ‘might as well never have thought at all on the subject’” (Lucas, 2007).


Having solid communication skills is empowering.  Studying communication is more fundamental than selecting a major for a job.  Communication is the primary social process.  Human beings engage in communication to facilitate meaning and to coordinate human activities.

Communication Studies


Communication skills are essential to personal, academic and professional success.

  • In a report on the fastest growing careers, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that communication skills will be in demand across occupations well into the next century.  And college graduates in the workforce were asked to rank the things they found most essential to their career development.  At the top of their list?  Oral communication skills! (Lucas, 2007).
  • In a national survey of 1000 human resource managers, oral communication skills are identified as valuable for both obtaining employment and successful job performances.
  • Executives of Fortune 500 companies indicate that college students need better communication skills, as well as the ability to work in teams and with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Case studies of high wage companies reveal that essential skills for future workers include problem-solving, working in groups, and the ability to communicate effectively.

Communication Studies Courses:

Approved course outlines for Communication Studies (CMST).

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