Communication Studies at Davidson is interdisciplinary, with opportunities to take a variety of Communication courses, particularly in the subfields of mass communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric as well as courses in other interdisciplinary fields.

The goal of Communication Studies at Davidson is to help students become better communicators as well as more critical consumers of communication in a variety of contexts. We help students become more thoughtful, reflective, and involved in the processes of communication in a variety of personal, professional, and civic settings.

Majors conduct independent thesis research or a creative capstone project in senior year as the culmination of their major study.

Minors combine their studies in communication with Sociology, English, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, and many other programs across the college, and work in partnership with local nonprofit organizations through the community-based learning COM 495 senior seminar capstone course.

The introductory courses in Communication Studies provide a broad introduction to the discipline and cultivate basic communication skills, while more advanced courses focus on the theory and criticism of communication in a variety of public and mediated settings.

Communication Studies students may also have an additional opportunity for professional development by serving as peer tutors in the college’s Speaking Center, where they provide help to other Davidson students on their classroom presentations.

Students interested in a major or minor in Communication Studies should consult the application process.

Courses You Might Take

COM 325

Exploring Fake News


"Fake news" has long been with us. But in recent years, it has become a staple in our political discourse and shapes how many Americans view politics and their fellow human beings. It even led to a North…

POL 121

American Politics

Bullock, Crowder-Meyer, O'Geen, Roberts, Yesnowitz

Analysis of American political processes, institutions, and problems.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in the Communication Studies interdisciplinary major and minor.

Not open to juniors until drop-add; not open to seniors except…

COM 210

Dialogues on Race and Racism

T. Foley, Martinez

This course is based on the intergroup dialogue model where two facilitators of differing social identity groups encourage dialogue among class members about persistent social issues and conflicts related to race, racism, and its intersections with…