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

ANT 310

Politics, Society and Culture

Instructor
Ruhlen

Examines authority, organization, power, and legitimization of authority using a comparative perspective. Community-based learning model facilitates exploration of environmental justice and grassroots change with an emphasis on the symbolic aspects of power, structural inequity, and social movements.

Satisfies a…

COM 315

Media Effects

Instructor
Martinez

An exploration of relevant theories and practices of conducting media effects research in the mass mediated/disseminated communication contexts including television, radio, print, popular culture, internet, and other forms of new media. Topics include health, advertising, edutainment, stereotypes, violence…

SOC 205

Racial and Ethnic Relations

Instructor
Marti

Comparative and historical study of social processes related to racial and ethnic differences in modern complex societies. Readings in theoretical and descriptive literature, focusing on issues of unequal distribution of power and privilege, racism, and ethnic prejudice.

Satisfies…