College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Communication Studies Department

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES AT DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

Communication Studies majors learn about human interactions while developing a variety of real-world skills, including public speaking, academic writing, relationship maintenance, and ethical strategies. Dixie offers five different degree emphases and a degree completion program to cultivate an environment where lifelong learners will thrive. Come learn alongside our award-winning faculty as we prepare you to enter the workforce.

Dixie’s Communication Studies graduates are skilled, knowledgeable, and prepared to create their own path for success. Join us in our pursuit to understand how human interaction affects the world we live in today.

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Applied Leadership Emphasis, B.S.

Communication Studies majors learn human interactions and skills, including public speaking, academic writing, relationship maintenance, and ethical strategies. This scholarship results in an environment in which lifelong learners thrive. We offer five different degree emphases and a degree completion program. Come learn alongside our award-winning faculty as we prepare you to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Dixie State University Communication Studies graduates are skilled, knowledgeable, and prepared to create their own path for success. Join us in our pursuit to understand how human interaction affects the world we live in today.

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Health Communication Emphasis, B.S.

Communication Studies majors learn human interactions and skills, including public speaking, academic writing, relationship maintenance, and ethical strategies. This scholarship results in an environment in which lifelong learners thrive. We offer five different degree emphases and a degree completion program. Come learn alongside our award-winning faculty as we prepare you to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Dixie State University Communication Studies graduates are skilled, knowledgeable, and prepared to create their own path for success. Join us in our pursuit to understand how human interaction affects the world we live in today.

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Organizational Leadership Emphasis, B.S.

Communication Studies majors learn human interactions and skills, including public speaking, academic writing, relationship maintenance, and ethical strategies. This scholarship results in an environment in which lifelong learners thrive. We offer five different degree emphases and a degree completion program. Come learn alongside our award-winning faculty as we prepare you to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Dixie State University Communication Studies graduates are skilled, knowledgeable, and prepared to create their own path for success. Join us in our pursuit to understand how human interaction affects the world we live in today.

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Communication Studies, B.S.

The Department of Communication Studies at Dixie State University promotes ethical practices of all forms of communication, particularly within the academic areas of human communication and a degree completion program in organizational communication and leadership. Students receive training in ethics, leadership, critical thinking, and effective interaction skills. Guided by theory and application, students are trained to produce and critically interpret human communication messages through the design, production, and delivery of oral and written communication. The department also houses the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, an honor society recognized by the National Communication Association.

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Communication Studies Minor

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The Department of Communication Studies at Dixie State University promotes ethical practices of all forms of communication particularly within the academic areas of human communication and a degree completion program in organizational communication and leadership. Students receive training in ethics, leadership, critical thinking, and effective interaction skills. Guided by theory and application, students are trained to produce and critically interpret human communication messages through the design, production, and delivery of oral and written communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply and demonstrate the importance of foundations and contributions of communication in both historical contemporary contexts.
  • Identify and evaluate ethical communication in personal professional and societal contexts.
  • Illustrate how communication concepts and theories are used to understand communication behaviors in a variety of contexts including small groups organizations interpersonal and professional relationships and public discourse.
  • Synthesize and apply communication theory and skills to solve problems manage personal and professional relationships and overcome communication barriers.
  • Integrate critical reasoning into the formulation and delivery of effective and ethical personal social professional and public oral and written messages for a variety of audience compositions in numerous contexts.
  • Analyze and critique messages from personal social professional and public sources to determine message effectiveness ethics appropriateness and strategies utilized by the message designer.
  • Apply effective and appropriate written oral communication skills when exposed to intercultural settings and cross-cultural environments to achieve a cultural sensitivity to diversity as well as to navigate and overcome potential communication differences.

Degree Completion Program

The Degree Completion Program is designed to help full-time employees and stay-at-home parents finish their bachelor’s degree after completing their general education requirements or associate degree. Through this program, students can earn a Bachelor Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organization and Leadership. Students meet on Tuesday evenings and complete one course per month, with a focus on skills that apply to workplace leadership and creativity. This schedule allows students who have finished their general education to complete a bachelor’s degree in a series of five semesters. Limited spots available.

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Debi Robinson

Administrative Assistant

Email: Debi.Robinson@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4320

Office: Jennings 124

Allie White

Academic Advisor

Email: Allie.White@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7638

Office: Jen 122

Bryan Jacobs

Academic Advisor

Email: bpjacobs@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7638

Office: Jen 129