Communication Studies at Davidson

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.

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.

Communications Studies Minor

Students interested in a minor in Communication Studies should consult the application processMinors 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.

Communications Studies Interdisciplinary Major

To major in Communication Studies, students must submit an application to the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies prior to spring break of their sophomore year. Majors conduct independent thesis research or a creative capstone project in senior year as the culmination of their major study.

Courses You Might Take

SOC 331

Community Engagement & Change

Instructor
Riemer

An examination of community engagement through a range of theoretical lenses. After interrogating constructions of "community," "service," and "civic engagement," we will explore the ways in which topics such as social justice, civic engagement, empowerment, diversity, and the…

CHI 405

Chinese Cinema&Mod Lit(transl)

Instructor
Shen

Reading and discussion of selected works in Chinese literature and cinema. Discussion of individual research projects.

Satisfies a requirement in the Communication Studies major and interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the Global Literary Theory major and interdisciplinary…

COM 495

Comm Theory & Research

Instructor
Martinez

The capstone course for the Communication Studies interdisciplinary minor.  The study of a variety of theories of communication as they frame questions and enable the discovery of answers.  Theories cover basic conceptions of the communication process in interpersonal…