College of Arts and Humanities
Lind Hall, room 109
Mail Stop 7438
See website for how the communication programs may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Katharine Whitcomb, MFA
César García, PhD, information sciences
James L. Gaudino, PhD, communication studies
Cynthia Mitchell, MBA, operations management and finance
Maria Sanders, MFA, film editing
Kevin Brett, MA, communication and society
Francesco Somaini, PhD, media studies
Michael Caldwell, MFA, film and video studies
Yong Cao, ABD, communication
Emily DuPlessis, MA, communication
Jamie Gilbert, MEd, non-profit organization management
Jennifer Green, MA, cultural anthropology
Jillene Krause, ABD, communication studies
Joshua Nelson, ABD, communication studies
Melissa Johnson, MA, English, film studies
Terri Reddout, MS, communication
Patrick Smith, MFA, film and media production
Toby Staab, MEd, education
Arrington Stoll, PhD, communication
Nicholas Temple, PhD, communication studies
Jon Ward, MA, film and video studies
Bianca Bailey, secretary senior
The Department of Communication prepares students to become active participants in communicating with and the shaping of modern culture in a global society. The department emphasizes student-centered instruction in gathering and disseminating written, spoken, and visual information, as well as course work in the processes, effects, and theories of human communication. The department is committed to a liberal education in written, oral, visual, and convergent media communication, as well as to training in diverse professional fields.
Admission to the Department of Communication majors in Digital Journalism, Communication Studies and Public Relations is selective. Students need to complete the application form, attach a copy of their AR Report, and submit these documents to the Department of Communication office in Bouillon Hall 232A. Only students with a minimal overall grade point average of 2.4 (Digital Journalism) or 2.7 (Communication Studies and Public Relations) will be accepted. Should students wish to change majors within the department, they must reapply to the new major.
Once admitted to the major, students must take COM 201 and COM 207 as soon as possible. An overall average of B in these two foundational courses is required. In all other courses counted toward fulfilling major requirements, a minimum grade of C- is required. Students must also maintain an overall 2.4 (Digital Journalism) or 2.7 (Communication Studies and Public Relations) grade point average. No more than 8 credits may be counted twice in fulfilling an internal or external minor.
Production courses required for broadcast journalism and/or film and video studies have associated lab fees.
Communication Foundation Core Requirements
COM 201 - Introduction to Mass Communication Credits: 5
COM 207 - Introduction to Human Communication Credits: 5
Total Core Credits: 10
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans.
Frequency of course offerings can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/communication or by contacting the department directly.
ProgramsBachelor of Arts (B.A.)CertificateCertificate BMinor