The Communication Studies undergraduate major equips students with a diversity of skill sets by investigating communication in various cultural contexts, including relational, organizational, intercultural, political, and more.
In an increasingly globalized world, competent communication is crucial for career advancement, interpersonal relationships, and public democratic participation. Here’s what we know: humans rely on communication, and the creation and translation of symbols, language, and messages are integral to daily interactions. In other words, communication connects us.
The major expands on fundamental public speaking principles from the introductory course through emphasizing theories, methods, performances that apply to everyday communication practices.
The graduate program in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas offers both a Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). With more than 60 students from around the world currently enrolled, our graduate program focuses on two main areas of research—Relationships & Social Interaction and Rhetoric & Political Communication, with special attention given to argumentation, digital media, intercultural, intergroup, interpersonal, organizational, and public address. Within those areas, students work closely with faculty advisors and peer scholars to develop research interests and improve teaching skills in a diverse and collaborative environment. Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantships are available.