According to LinkedIn Learning (2020), communication is the #1 in-demand skill in today’s job market. Organizations seek communication experts because they can make a critical difference in their workplaces' effectiveness and ability to connect with their communities. Speaking, listening and writing serve as conduits for idea generation, relationship building, advocacy and persuasion. A communication degree is valuable, flexible and offers several career possibilities.

Student in Communication Studies giving a presentation in class

In the Communication Studies Department:

  • Our faculty are contemporary scholars and practitioners of communication. We are committed to collaborating with students in both research and applied projects.
  • We offer internship opportunities with local, regional and national organizations that equip students with hands-on skills and understanding of industry trends.
  • Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree may enroll in nine credit hours that count toward both a B.A. in Communication and our M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership.
Students in Communication Studies class

Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

Dean's Scholarships are available in these areas:

  • Art and Music
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice and Emergency Management
  • Journalism and Digital Media
  • Languages and Literatures
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Work

Student Organizations

Contact Information

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Ph.D.
Director, Online Applied Communication Studies Program
Professor of Communication Studies
329 Center for the Arts