Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Communication Studies?

A: A broad discipline encompassing the social sciences, humanities, liberal arts, and performing arts. For more information review the following document link

Q: What areas of Communication Studies are available in UNCW's department?

A: There are many specialty and sub-specialty areas of communication studies represented in our curriculum.

Primary areas are:


Digital Media and Video Production

Interracial/Intercultural Communication

Interpersonal Communications

Media Studies

Organizational and Group Communication

Performance Studies

Public Relations

Public Speaking

Rhetoric and Communication Theory

Too see elective courses offered across campus for these specialty areas open the following document link

Q: What is the academic mission of the Department of Communication Studies?

A: Our mission statement reads, in part, "Above all, our primary purpose is to provide our majors an undergraduate degree program in which the philosophy, practice, criticism, and study of communication are emphasized and balanced.  Specifically, we seek to integrate application with theory." See the full Mission Statement by selecting Mission from the left side column.

Q: As a Communication Studies major, am I required to select an emphasis area or formal track?

A: You have the flexibility to customize your degree program based on aspirations for graduate study and professional career paths. See all requirements and options on the B.A. Requirements page, located under the Admissions tab.

Q: What opportunities for graduate study or professional employment are available to those who earn a B.A. in communication studies?

A: Graduate study options at the Masters and Doctoral levels are available in discipline specialty areas represented in the department. Options will vary based on your goals so talk to your advisor about what opportunities might be out there for you and check out the Helpful Links section under the Advising tab.

Q: How do I Become a Communication Studies Major

A: This information can be found under the Admissions tab in the Becoming a Communication Studies Major section.

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