May 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Department

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

Francesco Somaini, PhD

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

Associate Professor
Francesco Somaini, PhD, media studies

Assistant Professors
Seokhoon Ahn, PhD, communication
Eun Young Lee, PhD, media and communication
Joshua Nelson-Ichido, PhD, communication

Yong Cao, PhD, communication
Mary Jeanette Eberhardinger, PhD, rhetoric
Jennifer Green, MA, cultural anthropology
Joanne Gula, PhD, communication
Linda Raymond, MA, speech communication
Terri Reddout, MS, communication
Nicholas Temple, PhD, communication, rhetoric and digital media

Roberta Lowe, secretary senior
Caitilin Dalton, student media manager

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:

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offerings can be found at the department website: or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)CertificateCertificate BMinor


      Communication (COM)