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Undergraduate Program Goals

Our Department is dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking, reasoning, and decision-making skills with the intent of empowering students to construct and deliver context-specific messages in their relational, vocational, and community endeavors.

Connecting People. Creating Meaning. Communication Studies.

Students who complete undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies should be able to:

  1. Describe the major theories of human communication and apply them to various contexts.
  2. Critique communication messages from a social science perspective.
  3. Cite evidence of the impact of communication on human behavior in interpersonal and/or organizational contexts.
  4. Identify and describe the functions of media in a democratic society.
  5. Investigate the role of verbal and nonverbal messages in the human communication process.
  6. Examine the relationship between communication and culture.
  7. Design and evaluate effective strategies for social influence.
  8. Examine ethical issues in various communication contexts.
  9. Evaluate social science criteria to examine communication research.
  10. Analyze the role of communication in conflict and conflict management.

Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application