Feb 22, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Department

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College of Arts and Humanities
Lind Hall, room 109
Mail Stop 7438
Fax: 509-963-1060
See website for how the communication programs may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Katharine Whitcomb, MFA

Associate Chair
Francesco Somaini, PhD, media studies

César García, PhD, information sciences
James L. Gaudino, PhD, communication studies

Associate Professors
Cynthia Mitchell, MBA, operations management and finance
Maria Sanders, MFA, film editing

Assistant Professors
Emily DuPlessis, MA, communication
Francesco Somaini, PhD, media studies

Michael Caldwell, MFA, film and video studies
Yong Cao, ABD, communication
Luther Clement, MFA
Jamie Gilbert, MEd, non-profit organization management
Jennifer Green, MA, cultural anthropology
Jillene Krause, ABD, communication studies
Joshua Nelson-Ichido, 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 Scott, secretary senior

Department Information
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.

Department Standards

Admission Requirements

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.

Completion Requirements
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.   

Financial Obligations
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

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offerings can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/communication or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)CertificateCertificate BMinor


      Communication (COM)

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