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Frequently Asked Questions – Need an answer about the Department of Communication? Look here first!

Q: What degrees programs are available in The Department of Communication?

A: In undergraduate programs:

  • Corporate & Organizational Communication (BA)
  • Communication Studies (BA)
  • Minor in Communication Studies

A: In graduate programs:

  • Organizational Communication (MA)
  • Communicating in Organization (Graduate Certificate)
  • Communicating in Healthcare (Graduate

Q: What is the difference between BA in Corporate and Organizational Communication and BA in Communication Studies?

A: Corporate and Organizational Communication: Provides an interdisciplinary program for students seeking careers that require communication skills in organizational settings such as training and development, public affairs, non-profit management, government relations, marketing, sales, human resources,
public relations, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

A: Communication Studies: This major takes a liberal arts approach to developing responsible communicators in a
variety of situations: one-on-one, small group, public, interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational settings. This
major requires a second major or minor.

Q: What are the required courses for both Majors in Communication?

A: Ÿ COMM 200: Communication Foundations
COMM 300: Introduction to Communication Research Methods
COMM 345: Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 348: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 362: Organizational Communication
COMM 463: Intercultural Communication
COMM 494: Capstone in Communication (1 hour portfolio) – Senior standing, majors only

Q: What jobs/careers can I get with this degree?

A: Law, Religion, Teaching, Banking, Nonprofit Management, Public Relations, Healthcare Management, Politics, Coordinator, Director, Sales, Recruiter, Analyst, Medical Adviser, Lobbyist, Pharmaceutical, Training, Representative, Mediator, Public Relations Specialist, Public Administrator, Human Rights Officer, Media Specialist, Educational Researcher, etc.

Q: What student organizations are available to join in the Department of Communication?
A: For Undergraduate Students:

A: For Graduate Students:

  • COGS- Communication Organization Graduate Students – Dr. Angie Jerome, Advisor

For additional detail, please visit our website.

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Micro Living

Check out this article written about one of our Alumni, McKenzie Mullins.


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An Evening with Forensics: A Showcase

The 2015 WKU Forensics Showcase is right around the corner. This evening will feature 8 electrifying performances from the #1 speakers in the country. You have heard of forensics, now is your chance to see the team in action days before we leave for the national tournament! Over the last decade, the WKU Forensics team has been the most dominant team in the nation, winning the national championship nine times since 2003.  We remain the only team in the country ever to win the American Forensic Association national championship, the National Forensic Association national championship, the National Forensic Association debate national championship, and the International Forensic Association world championship in the same year, a feat WKU has accomplished six times.

We will have card readers on hand for any professors who want to give extra credit for student attendance.  Come watch members of the team give their final public performances before heading to this year’s national tournament.  This promises to be an unforgettable evening!

Now is your chance to see the best speech and debate team on the planet right here on The Hill!

An Evening with Forensics:
A Showcase

Saturday, March 21 (6:30 PM) in the DSU Auditorium
Free and open to the public with one canned good

WKU Forensics Showcase of Talent

Come see the most dominant speech and debate team in the nation in action!  Students
will be giving demonstrations of speech, debate, and
dramatic interpretation of literature events.


For more information, contact Ganer Newman: ganer.newman@wku.edu.

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lph at ncaLPH Serves Student Needs

Lambda Pi Eta, the Department of Communication’s Honor Society, invites new members each semester to join them in promoting interest in Communication and the sharing of communication ideas with students and faculty. Lambda Pi Eta strives to increase the involvement of students in the Department of Communication with one another and on WKU’s campus by creating programs and events which help students develop academically and professionally. This past Fall, Lambda Pi Eta was successful in the pursuit of their goals. At the start of the fall semester, Dr. Jieyoung Kong became Lambda Pi Eta’s new chapter advisor. She has been a great asset to Lambda Pi Eta’s officers and members.

In October, Lambda Pi Eta hosted a department wide Reverb event. All Communication majors and faculty had the opportunity to hear from Cheryl Kirby-Stokes in WKU’s Office of Scholar Development. Ms. Stokes delivered a wide array of information on nationally competitive scholarships, Study Abroad scholarships, and graduate fellowships that would be a great fit for scholars in the Communication discipline. The event was a huge success as many of the attendees discovered opportunities they never knew were possible. Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and the Office of Scholar Development offer assistance with these applications and specialize in helping students write scholarship-winning essays.

In November, the National Communication Association convention was held in Chicago, IL. All of the officers of Lambda Pi Eta were able to accompany the Communication faculty to the conference: Natalie Gilliam, President; Angelia Whitlock, Vice President; Michaela Ash, Public Relations Chair; Karen Powell, Scholarship Chair; and Maggie Shelton, Secretary/Treasurer. This opportunity allowed the officers to meet other members of Lambda Pi Eta across the nation and be a part of the decision making processes at the national Lambda Pi Eta business meeting. This conference offered the officers the privilege of hearing research presentations by leading scholars in the Communication discipline.

As the Fall semester came to a close, recruitment letters were prepared for 12 eligible students in the department. In order to be invited to the organization, these students must complete 60 hours of college credit; 12 hours must be in the communication discipline. These students must also have 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 within the Communication discipline. Eligible students will receive their invitation to Lambda Pi Eta’s Induction ceremony early in the Spring semester. Communication majors should be on the lookout for upcoming Lambda Pi Eta activities in the spring, such as the annual internship fair and a department wide Reverb event.

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SBC controversy reverberates for second, third generation ‘exiles,’ book says


Dr. Carl Kell’s recent book, the Exiled Generations, was mentioned in an article by Bob Allen in Baptist News Global. Click here for the article.

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Communication Organization for Graduate Students (COGS)


Fall 2014 was a semester of welcomes and farewells for COGS members.

In August, COGS welcomed several new Communication graduates to the program and held multiple orientation meetings to help new graduate students and COGS members to get acclimated to graduate work. These orientations covered student issues such as work/life balance at the graduate level, tips and tools for success in graduate school, and how to apply and maximize your opportunities in the program.

Later in the semester, COGS members enjoyed an opportunity to meet with visiting scholar, Dr. Timothy Sellnow, from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Sellnow shared academic and professional insights, answered individual questions, and talked more extensively about his line of research. Later that evening, COGS members made a strong showing at Dr. Sellnow’s lecture on crisis warning systems.

COGS said farewell to graduating officers, Heidi Sisler and Sam Moore. COGS also welcomed the new incoming officers: Kate Holmes, President, Jessica Cherry, Vice President, and Tyler Rife, Secretary.

To wrap up the year, members celebrated semester’s end and graduations with an end of semester social! Members were ready for a holiday break and jumping back into things in the new year!


World Cafe – Continuing the Discussion on Race


Well the interCULTURAL Club is at it again. on Feb., 23, 2015 K.J. Beauchamp, a Club member, organized a second world cafe on race. Here’s what he wrote in his welcome letter:

Good Evening Everyone.

A big thank you to all of you who took this opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. Please feel free to share these questions with your friends and start a conversation that makes you all go, “hum…?”

Question 1

Recently we’ve seen images on the media of people being targeted for poor treatment seemingly by their racial identity and economic status, why do you think this is happening in a society where racism is generally seen as a declining problem?

Question 2

In a society without race what is the new –ism?

Question 3

Why do we allow our racial identity to trap us into social norms?

Question 4

Name some ways we can chip away at misperceptions about race?

Question 5

Why do those in the majority often turn to people of color to teach them about race?

Question 6

When we begin having meaningful conversations about race, which issues seem to never get fully discussed, why, and why not?

Question 7

When it comes to Inter-racial communication what is at the heart of the problem?

Tonight you participated in a dialogue technique known as the World café. You sat with others, who openly and honestly discussed the seven questions listed above. This second café began because I wanted to continue the discussions the first café on race generated.  I felt we needed to keep examining the unique perspectives of me and my peers were at WKU and I believe the World café format is a great way of inviting others into the conversation without judgment. I hope this café motivates you to continue having these types of conversations in the months and years to come.

Again, I can’t emphasize enough the amount of weight we, as students hold on this campus. The future we will profit in is accomplished by what we invest today.

On behalf of the members of the InterCULTURAL Club I would like to say thank you to Dr. Jeffries, Steven Amusan and Sasha Ross for all their support and help with organizing and hosting a second World café on Race.

Kijana Beauchamp,

Event coordinator and InterCULTURAL Club member


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