What You Will Learn as a Communication Studies Major

The Department of Communication develops dynamic communicators who think critically and speak, listen, and write effectively. We encourage freedom of expression, diversity of perspective, and tolerance of dissent. Our core values promote ethical communication that enhances human worth and dignity by fostering fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others.

Rollins professor and student work together on a research project.

Global Citizenship

You will learn the informed and responsible decision-making skills fundamental to a civil society and global community. The core emphasizes ethical communication, intercultural awareness and praxis, and knowledge grounded in research. You will focus on information literacy and critically engaging contemporary society, media, and messaging. You will develop and apply those skills with courses that look at organizations from a systems approach and define multiple approaches to global challenges.

Rollins class of students in a communication class.

Responsible Leadership

You will develop effective teambuilding and leadership skills as you actively engage in timely and relevant discussions that keep course material reflective of an evolving field and social landscape, while simultaneously applying your knowledge. Community engagement is also central to our mission, so you will work in depth with local community partners and businesses to develop the real-world skills needed to lead and serve ethically.

Rollins alumni at her job at Stax.

Productive Careers

We recognize that you want and need a productive career, and the integration of course material, life skills, and applied professional training is central to the ethos of the department. You will complete an internship or advanced research project, and learn professionalism and self-awareness from careful advising, workshopping activities, invited talks and mentorship opportunities through student organizations like the Rollins College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and student-faculty collaborative research projects. Through these initiatives and coursework, you will develop professional presentation and writing skills and foster your ability to conduct applied research projects and explain both qualitative and quantitative reasoning.

Rollins alum Phillip Denizard portrait

Meaningful Lives

The field of communication is concerned with both internal and external ethics, cultivating the skills necessary to fulfill human potential and contribute to the public well-being. Course material draws from your experiences, goals, and values, encouraging you to relate the historical traditions of the discipline directly to your lives. This means encountering concepts that challenge self-conception and social/ethical frameworks, preparing you for a life devoted to searching for, rather than accepting without question, meaning and fulfillment.

Interested in Studying Communication Studies at Rollins?

Sign up to receive more information about living and learning at Rollins.