Communication Studies

Gallaudet University's Communication Studies program is an academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences. Courses in the department are designed to provide an important liberal arts perspective on the process and use of communication.

Communication studies is the study of formal and informal communication - communication at home, in the workplace, in social activities, through the mass media, and in the community. Interpersonal and public communication skills are competitive and marketable skills in the modern workplace.

The Communication Studies Department offers:

Included within the Communication Studies Department is the Technology Access Program (TAP). TAP conducts research related to communication technologies and services, with the goal of producing knowledge useful to industry, government, and deaf and hard of hearing consumers in the quest for equality in communications. The program provides education to Gallaudet students through coursework and mentored research projects related to TAP's research mission.


The Communication Studies Department provides a quality liberal arts education with a focus on communication studies. The major prepares students to be skilled communicators and effective facilitators of communication in their careers, in the community and in their personal lives.


The Communication Studies Department recognizes human communication as the primary social process and focuses its work on the research, study, and understanding as well as impact of communication in its various forms and within varied contexts. The Department is dedicated to the respect and promotion of ASL and English and the creation of a stimulating environment where ideas flourish. We encourage the collaboration of students and faculty in maximizing their individual and collective potential in learning, teaching, and scholarship. The Department is committed to communication accessibility and barrier free communication in the classroom through the use of visu-centric technology and design.

Communication Studies Student Learning Outcomes

               I.       Communication Studies majors will acquire knowledge in the field of communication studies.

A.     Identify and describe the contexts, dynamics, and implications of human communication.

B.     Explain and apply the major theoretical communication perspectives.

C.     Explain the fundamental values of the discipline and its value in life in the community, workplace, family, and civic participation.

D.    Use appropriate conventional and evolving technologies in public, professional, and interpersonal contexts.

E.     Discuss the presence and implications of additional factors that affect communication, including, among others: culture, gender, group composition, sexual orientation, leadership, nonverbal communication, family background, situation, environment, and conflict.

             II.       Communication Studies majors will employ critical thinking skills about communication interaction.

A.     Analyze the outcomes and effects of their own communication actions and those of other individuals and groups.

B.     Suggest ways to make communication more effective in various contexts:

interpersonal communication

group communication

organizational communication,

public communication

mass communication

gendered communication

intercultural communication

computer-mediated communication

leadership communication.

           III.       Communication Studies majors will explain the concepts of diversity and cross-cultural communication situations and contexts.

            IV.       Perform effectively as a public speaker and practitioner of interpersonal communication.

              V.       Evaluate the benefits and effects of mass communication channels and sources.

            VI.       Practice ethical dimensions of communication in personal relationships, in service to the community, and in professional situations

          VII.       Integrate and apply knowledge of communication and communication skills in careers and/or graduate education.


More information about our program can be found below:

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