Communication Studies, B.S.C.

Undergraduate Program

About the Program

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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.


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Business Communication

Study and practice in the major forms of spoken and written communication in the context of businesses and other professional organizational settings.

Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice

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

Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives

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.

Qualitative Research Methods

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

The Executive Communicator

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

Health Communication

This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to human communication in a health-care context. Emphasis will be on issues of social support, patient-health professional/caregiver interaction, organizational culture, planning health promotion campaigns, and cultural conceptions of health and illness.


A review of theory, research, and practice of the intentional use of symbols to influence attitudes, beliefs, and actions.

Related Minors

Communication Studies, Health Communication, General Communication

Showcase Your Talents

UM Debate is a diverse group of students who are passionate about sparking intellectual discussions, coming up with creative arguments, presenting well-structured ideas – in short, they love debate. Team members participate in a wide range of activities, from competitive international tournaments to intimate on-campus discussions.

Featured Projects

A few of our communication studies projects, all done by our very own students and faculty.

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