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 225

Interpersonal Communication


A theoretical, practical, and experiential study of the selective, systemic, and individual transactions that allow people to reflect and build personal knowledge of one another and create shared meaning. Readings, discussions, and exercises focus on connecting concepts and…

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…

THE 362

Theatre & Social Justice


Course investigates the potential for theatre and performance to be catalysts for social change. Focusing on Community-Based Theatre, the course explores ways in which performance has participated in struggles against oppression and has been integral to community-building. Course…