Communication Studies, BSC

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Study communication and its impact on the world.

Students explore the role and study the theories of communication in life and work. The SoC Communication Studies program is rooted in applied research and theory offering students opportunities to develop their knowledge of human communication in interpersonal, intercultural and corporate settings.

Faculty lead their respective fields, serve as officers in the leading communication professional organizations and collaborate with students and one another in the constant pursuit of expanding knowledge in the arena of communication study.

Coursework includes Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, and Argumentation and Critical Thinking. The program specializes in the rapidly developing field of health communication through collaborative work with the UM School of Medicine and other campus resources.

The program also houses the award-winning University of Miami Debate Team which regularly places members on the All-American Debate team.

Featured Work

A few of our latest Communication Studies projects, all done by our very own students and faculty.

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Groups & Organizations

  • University of Miami Debate Team

    The University of Miami Debate Team is a co-curricular activity sponsored by the School of Communication. Participation is open to any undergraduate student. The team travels nationally to compete in various intercollegiate tournaments each academic year. The University of Miami is a member of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA), The National Debate Tournament (NDT), the American Debate Association (ADA) and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha national forensics honorary (DSR-TKA). Team members have the option to compete in two-person policy debate, British Parliamentary two-person debate, or the team Worlds debating format. The team also hosts on campus events including public debates, intercollegiate tournaments, presidential debate viewing parties, a high school summer workshop and high school policy debate tournaments.

  • Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha

    A co-curricular activity supported by the School of Communication. Open to all undergraduate students. Competes regionally and nationally in inter-collegiate tournaments with great success.

Featured Courses

A course designed to teach students how to compete successfully in intercollegiate debate,and to reinforce training through practice and competition.

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment. Diffusion of cultural innovations, prejudice, discrimination, and equality are discussed. Emphasis is placed on intercultural interactions within the United States.

Course is designed to introduce students to a sample of qualitative research methods used in communication.

Audience analysis, speech writing, delivery in professional presentations, theo ry, and history of great speeches are covered. Detailed critiques of student s peaking styles and performances are also included.