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.

To major in Communication Studies, students must apply for the major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies prior to spring break of their sophomore year. 

The Communication Studies Interdisciplinary Minor is administered by the Communication Studies department. 

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.

Courses You Might Take

SOC 217

Gender & Society


This course introduces a critical approach to examining the social construction of gender. It explores several different perspectives on gender inequality and the role of social institutions such as family, education, economy, and media in creating the experience…

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)

COM 311

Media, Empathy, & Justice


This course will teach students how to use journalistic principles to tell better, more complex stories that emphasize the importance of ethics and empathy. The course ethically explores emotionally-charged issues such as race, sexual assault, disability and political…