• Communication Studies at Hamline

    The communication studies major involves students in critical inquiry and informed practice. Because communication pervades all human enterprise, communication professionals have a special responsibility to create and analyze messages with critical attention to the processes that shape them, the information that supports them, the arguments that are made, and the effects messages produce. Communication is central to our personal and social lives, enables us to participate meaningfully in civic life, and good communication skills are valued highly by employers. Whether the messages are verbal or nonverbal, face-to-face or mediated, private or public, as a communication studies student you will be challenged to create, describe, analyze, explain, and evaluate them as a knowledgeable communicator.

    Communication studies will help you develop your ability to:

    • Analyze communication interaction processes,
    • Analyze the interaction between diversity and communication,
    • Evaluate the effects of communication in various contexts,
    • Critique rhetorical acts,
    • Formulate questions related to communication problems and devise ways to answer those questions, and
    • Develop your own communicative competence.


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    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Communication Studies.

  • News


    Keith Bistodeau, adjunct professor of communication studies, is being awarded the top panel in the Graduate Student Caucus of the Central States Communication Association at the annual conference in Milwalkee, Wisconsin.


    Communication studies senior Kasey Marquardt presented her research, The Effect Parental Communication Behaviors Towards Children in Sports Has on Their Feeling of Pressure to Participate, at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference in Minneapolis on March 18.

    Undergrad Research at NCUR

    A group of 36 Hamline students are in Memphis, Tennessee to present their collaborative research at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Students present original research with topics spanning across a variety of disciplines and programs, from social justice to business, and biology to history.