Communication Studies

Welcome to Coe College and the Communication Studies Major, a major designed for a changing world—a world of ENGAGEMENT. You’re looking at this major because you already know how vital communication is. This major is flexible, diverse and willing to ask questions while it provides skills prized in a variety of careers. Graduating as a communication leader at Coe your creative challenges are endless.

We know communication has cultural and social significance in its storytelling. By joining us at Coe you will learn to tell your stories. You will shape the story, make the story and be the story.

We are invested in your future. We want to enable you to interact critically and thoughtfully with this highly mediated environment.

We are growing and we invite you to come grow with us.

Student in the Metcalf GalleryFive Reasons Communication Studies at Coe is a Smart Choice:

  1. You have frequent opportunities for integrating digital and media training into your academic studies.
  2. We will provide you with mentors and expertise not found at colleges our size.  Our eight faculty members (with over 100 years of college teaching experience) offer over 20 courses counting toward the Communication Studies Major.
  3. Our smaller class-size in courses are more engaging places for you, as you’re able to have a more personal connection with professors, simply because there are fewer students competing for your instructor's attention.
  4. You’ll have abundant opportunities for out-of-class experiences in service learning, community engagement projects, professional internships, and overseas/off-campus studies.
  5. Most of us do substantial work in many areas connected to communication--in journalism, law, gender, creative writing, theatre, public relations, and college administration.  We are both teachers and practitioners, we have unique perspectives on what we teach: we know what is working in the world.

History of this field of study

A degree in communication studies is based on the centuries old studies of language and rhetoric, and how they could be used as tools to benefit each of us.  These ancient teachings of Greek and Roman philosophers are the basis for many modern societies and form the core of studies in communication, linguistics, archeology, religion, philosophy, art history, fine arts, sociology, psychology, and law.  Here, in the United States, and at Coe College, most Communication Studies programs sprouted from Speech and Theatre departments and out of social sciences.

Communication has been studied, debated, dissected and held up as a reflection of our culture.  As thinking beings we are always trying to figure out how to be better, smarter or more persuasive communicators.  We want to understand the “making of meaning.”   Consider this: slam poetry, texting, and tweets are making meaning in new ways and in the process defining subcultures today in America just as the use of Latin set scholars and religious leaders apart ages ago.