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 240

Social Movements


An introduction to social movements as distinctive social spaces in which relatively powerless groups of people make collective efforts to affect history. Explores the major sociological approaches to studying these efforts, as well as the dynamics of social movement…

COM 350

Comm & Issues of Diversity


The U.S. population continues to become increasingly more diverse, and this increased diversity creates newer, greater challenges for organizations (including government, nonprofit, and corporate entities) as well as for individual communicators. How do our upbringing and biases shape…

REL 360

Myths America Lives By


Examination of the many ways that the United States serves as a focus for religious energies-for rituals, creeds, and myths that organize our lives and explain us to ourselves as a national community. Topics may include landscape, family…