communication studies

Strong communication skills are key to every profession, so WOU’s major in this field has far-reaching applications. You’ll get the skills you need to meet the challenges of professions that require strong organizational, interpersonal and intercultural communication abilities. Choose this major if you want to work in areas such as government and politics, business communication, or communication and outreach, to name a few.

I’m also a minor!

credits required for the Communication Studies major

students enrolled in the Communication Studies major

students per class on average in the Communication Studies program

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of students are assigned multiple advisers devoted to guiding them through their four years at WOU

Sample four-year degree plan

Learning outcomes

  • Learn and apply communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
  • Critically analyze targeted messages

Career opportunities

  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Campaign Director
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Event Planner
  • Communication Director

Communication Studies minor

Combining your favorite major with a minor in communications can be a recipe for success. Employers are looking for applicants with solid communication skills, from the instant they read your cover letter to your first day on the job. Get the training you need to stand out as a communicator.

credits required for the Communication Studies minor

Faculty

WILLIAM ANDERSEN

Instructor, Communication Studies
503-838-8152 | uspolaris@comcast.net | BELL 123

NICK BACKUS

Professor, Communication Studies
503-838-8851 | backusj@wou.edu | BELL 115

PAULA BALDWIN

Associate Professor, Division Chair, Communication Studies
503-838-8065 | baldwinp@wou.edu | BELL 315

ALEX CURRY

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
503-838-9436 | currya@wou.edu | BELL 116

TIARA GOOD

NTT Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
503-838-9446 | goodt@wou.edu | BELL 118

FRANK NEVIUS

Professor, Communication Studies
503-838-8537 | neviusf@wou.edu | BELL 120

NANCY NICHOLS

Instructor, Communication Studies
503-838-8152 | nicholsn@wou.edu | BELL 123

EMILY PLEC

Professor, Communication Studies
503-838-8819 | plece@wou.edu | BELL 114

DANA SCHOWALTER

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
503-838-9240 | schowalterd@wou.edu | BELL 117

SARAH SHELDRICK

Instructor, Communication Studies
503-838-8152 | sheldricks@wou.edu | BELL 123

CORRINA WARD

NTT Instructior/Adjunct Instructor, Communication Studies
503-838-8152 | wardc@wou.edu | BELL 123

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Contact Us

Phone: 503-838-9240
Fax:  503-838-8056

Email: schowalterd@wou.edu

Location: BELL 117