You'll learn about diverse international, intercultural, and interpersonal communication models and strategies to prepare for work in culturally diverse settings.
Our curriculum balances theory and practical experience, bolstered by foundational principles in ethics, diversity, and intercultural communication.
- Personal, one-on-one faculty advisers
- On-site television studio, radio station, student newspaper
- Internships locally and in Washington, D.C.
- Exceptional alumni networking
- Communication Club and Television Club
Alumni Career Paths:
- Study Abroad Advisor
- Human Resource Manager
- Inclusive Excellence Program Manager
- Guidance Counselor
This concentration provides an overview of international, intercultural, and interpersonal communication models and strategies. Courses examine international issues and conflicts, emphasize intercultural awareness, explore ways relationships are structured by patterns of communication, and identify methods to help resolve and reconcile misunderstanding and estrangement. The goal is to involve students more directly with cultural interaction and experiences in preparation for work in culturally diverse contexts.
Requirements for the Communication Major - 45 Credits
Required Major Core - 27 Credits
- COMM 0101 - Introduction to Mass Communication
- COMM 0102 - Introduction to Human Communication
- COMM 0201 - Introduction to Communication Technology
- COMM 0204 - Writing for the Media
- COMM 0207 - Communication Ethics
- COMM 0209 - Global Communication
- COMM 0221 - Communication Theory
- COMM 0307 - Communication Law
- COMM 0320 - Foundations of Communication Research
STUDENTS MUST ELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS. In addition to the required courses for each concentration, students are required to take electives, one of which must bear a COMM designation. If the concentration requires three or more electives, one of the remaining electives may be chosen from the approved elective list from any of the other concentrations.
Communication and Culture - 18 Credits
Three of the following: 9 Credits
Electives - choose three - 9 Credits
- COMM 0212 - Film and Gender
- COMM 0214 - Topics in Film Credits: 3 (when applicable)
- COMM 0233 - Documentary Film
- COMM 0280 - International Seminar
- COMM 0316 - Special Topics in Communication
- COMM 0317 - Health Communication
- COMM 0318 - Social Media, Social Context
- COMM 0321 - Political Communication
- COMM 0322 - Professional Communication
- COMM 0323 - Interpersonal Communication
- COMM 0329 - Crime and the Media
- CRJU 0329 - Crime and the Media
- COMM 0340 - Organizational Communication
- EGST 0101 - Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
- PSYC 0318 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relations and Communications
- PSYC 0363 - Cross Cultural Psychology
- SOCI 0200 - Cultural Anthropology
Additional Graduation Requirements
All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.
The Communication Department prepares students to be well-informed, responsible citizens and creative and ethical communication practitioners. The department is unique in offering this balance of theory and practice, which is manifest through our courses, our widely respected internship program, and our students’ involvement in a wide and diverse variety of campus and community organizations.
From the local to the global level, our students and graduates apply their knowledge and skills to pursue further knowledge, establish professional careers, and improve their communities.
Related Clubs & Organizations
Latino Association for Empowerment (LAFE)
Multicultural Student Association (MSA)
The purpose of WSU-TV is to provide an on campus, student-operated television program that serves as a learning environment for students interested in television production