“. . . We are living in a communications revolution comparable to the invention of printing . . . In an age of increasing talk, it’s wiser talk we need most. Communication studies might well be central to colleges and universities in the 21st century."

– McCloskey, 1993

As a subject for academic study, communication bridges the humanities and the social sciences. It focuses on relationships--personal, group and societal--and the factors and process, which affect those important relationships. Friendships and families, business relationships and political systems, cultural interaction and technological advances all are important areas of study in communication.

Communication students may concern themselves with the dynamics of interpersonal persuasion, the effects of media technologies, the nature of gender stereotypes, the function of roles within the family, the structure of organizational authority, the influence of cultural myths, the impact of social movements, and the history of rhetoric. Because we pursue so many diverse interests, there is a place for anyone with a genuine curiosity about human communication and its effect upon our daily lives.

Over the past few decades, communication has emerged as one of the most pragmatic degrees available. While current state-of-the-art technical training may become obsolete within a few years, there will always be a need for effective communicators. Majoring in communication prepares you to enter professional programs with valuable and needed, but seldom taught, skills.

The Department of Communication's Senior Writing Requirements (SWR):

  • COMM majors must complete the SWR in an upper-level COMM class.
  • The paper should be 10 pages long (longer is fine).
  • The paper must be sourced from materials outside the required course readings.
  • The student must score a "C" or better on the paper (not the final course grade).

Undergraduate Student Spotlight
Rachael Jensen



Senior Communication major, Rachael Jensen, was honored at the 2015 National Communication Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. Jensen was the only undergraduate to present on the Top Student Paper panel in Political Communication.

Read the story here.




Dr. Ron Warren, ronw@uark.edu
Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Communication
417 Kimpel Hall
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701