Communication Major

The study of Communication at Fairfield University focuses on the description and analysis of how humans acquire, process, and use information in a variety of contexts. As one aspect of a liberal education, undergraduate work in communication helps students:

  • Become more aware of factors that influence and are influenced by human communication behavior and media practices.
  • Develop intellectually by providing a basis from which to analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate messages from varied sources, including the media.
  • Learn techniques and strategies to propose policies, advocate positions, and persuasively express themselves in various contexts in the pursuit of a more just society.

Communication courses engage students actively in understanding interaction in interpersonal, organizational, health, public, mediated, and cultural contexts. Students who successfully complete the Communication major will be able to:

  1. Recognize the centrality of communication in constructing, sustaining and transforming meaning, identities, relationships, communities and cultures.
  2. Apply communication theories and concepts to everyday face-to-face and computer-mediated interactions.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking in argumentation, research, and message creation.
  4. Demonstrate oral and written competencies in building and evaluating arguments, and designing, conducting, and reporting original communication content and research.