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Department of Communication and Media Studies

The ability to communicate competently and to understand communicative acts is an asset contributing to success in both the public and private spheres. Human communication, however, is a complex process, and effective communication depends on our understanding of the structures and constraints of the process by which messages are transmitted and understood between senders and receivers.

Courses in Communication and Media Studies at Stetson University stress a strong liberal arts foundation in communication theory and practice. By choosing from offerings in areas such as interpersonal and small group communication or public discourse and mass communication, students can tailor a program to fit their interests and needs. In addition to classroom education, students have opportunities for practical experience off-campus through workshops and internships and with the campus newspaper, The Reporter, Florida's oldest college paper.

Mission and Vision

Among the humanities traditions of philosophy, literature and art, the mission of communication and media studies is to encourage students to better understand culture, meaning and symbolic activity for the purposes of producing more enlightened citizens. By equipping students with the accumulated knowledge of the discipline, it is our intent to foster mindful, competent, ethical and responsible communicators and message consumers. Specifically, we accomplish this by cultivating in students an awareness of the role language, interaction and symbol usage play in the ways we constitute and assign meaning to the world in which we live.

We aspire to offer the premiere small college experience. As the nexus within our discipline and among disciplines in the humanities, we endeavor to integrate diverse components of the communication discipline, as well as to maintain a strong and unique commitment to supporting general education. Communication and Media Studies adopts a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, and distinctively balances and integrates research and theory with practice. We embrace diversity in epistemological and theoretical perspectives and value interdisciplinary scholarship.

We pursue the leading edge in teaching and learning content and methods and strive to be responsive to changes in individual and community needs and societal trends.


We offer an array of courses that help our students learn how to be effective creators and critics of communication in relationships, the workplace, the media, the political and legal spheres, and a variety of organizations (both non-profit and for-profit). Our students learn through dynamic, discussion-rich classes as well as in internships, field experiences, and the capstone senior research project.

Our graduates go on to work in areas including: media, public relations, journalism, business, education, ministry, law and medicine. In addition, we have an excellent record of placing students in graduate programs in communication or public relations as well as in law school.

If you would like to learn more about our program, please stop by our offices on the second floor of Elizabeth Hall or email one of our faculty members for more information or to schedule an appointment.