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

POL 334

Public Opinion


Formation, change and measurement of political attitudes.

Satisfies a major or interdisciplinary minor requirement in Communication Studies.

Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought requirement.

(Offered alternate years.)

ENG 293

Film as a Narrative Art

Kuzmanovich, Miller

This course explores the relationship of film video to other narrative media, with emphasis on authorship, genre, and the relationship of verbal and visual languages. Students will make a short video, but the course does not…

COM 101

Princ of Oral Communication

Fallah, Spikes

Examination and implementation of both classical and contemporary principles of effective oral communication. Individual presentations informed by readings, discussions, lectures, and examinations of key speeches.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirements.

(Fall and Spring)