Communication Studies, in the College of Liberal Arts, with 12 faculty members and over 600 undergraduate majors, examines human communication using both humanistic and social scientific approaches. Fields of study include rhetoric (e.g., public speaking, public address, rhetorical criticism, & ethics); interpersonal communication (e.g., small group, organizational, intercultural, & family communication); critical media studies (e.g., reality TV, environmental communication, & digital literacy); and media production.
In its first-edition Writing Plan, Communication Studies developed a comprehensive map of the curriculum and assignments to identify and better understand students’ pathways to graduation. The mapping project provided insights on how to better integrate and sequence writing-intensive assignments.
For its recently approved second-edition Writing Plan, Communication Studies is focusing on the redesign of COMM 1313W, its gateway course to the major. A cohort of teaching faculty and graduate instructors are reviewing the course syllabus, key assignments, and grading criteria in an effort to emphasize five core writing abilities. Along with redesigning 1313W, the department is continuing a series of WEC-supported teaching workshops. Recent workshops have included “Teaching for Transfer” and “Teaching Writing in Five-Minute Increments.”