Department Facts

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Communication is to prepare students to be effective and ethical consumers and producers of personal and public communication. To that end, the department serves all students in the development of basic communication skills and of an appreciation for mass media, public communication, and theatre.


Enrollment

Enrollment by Concentration
  Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Broadcast & Digital Journalism 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 47
Broadcasting 141 169 180 154 136 146 142 147 157 94
Communication Studies 9 21 16 10 24 23 23 27 35 43
Journalism 64 72 73 67 67 78 77 61 55 36
Print & Digital Journalism 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35
Public Relations 210 236 270 277 296 283 270 277 290 288
Theatre 20 16 21 21 22 12 17 13 15 24
CO Majors without Concentration 51 32 15 23 20 17 20 19 10 10
Total 495 546 575 552 565 559 549 544 562 577
Enrollment by Gender
  Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Male 178 161 164 167 172 165 148 160 184 192
Female 317 385 411 385 393 394 401 384 378 385
Enrollment by Ethnicity
  Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Am Indian or Alaskan Native 0 1 3 2 3 2 5 3 2 3
Asian 3 3 5 4 3 3 1 3 1 3
Black or African American 112 128 125 118 132 134 143 132 125 108
Hispanic 4 9 7 6 11 9 5 8 11 16
Multiracial 5 9 9 11 12 8 8 12 18 16
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
Unknown 11 18 9 7 11 6 5 2 0 1
White 360 378 417 403 392 397 382 384 404 429

First-time Freshmen

First -Time Freshmen by Concentration
  Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Broadcast & Digital Journalism 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
Broadcasting 17 32 23 26 14 21 20 15 19 0
Communication Studies 0 5 0 1 4 0 2 1 4 5
Journalism 11 10 12 11 9 19 10 11 10 0
Print & Digital Journalism 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
Public Relations 8 22 26 30 22 24 20 17 23 32
Theatre 3 2 0 4 4 2 3 4 0 2
CO Majors without Concentration 20 5 6 7 7 9 9 10 7 6
Total 59 76 67 79 60 75 64 58 63 86
                     
Retention   89.83% 86.84% 79.10% 84.81% 83.33% 77.33% 89.06% 81.03% 93.65%
Graduation 66.10% 65.79% 64.18% 74.68%            
Average Composite ACT 24.47 23.66 23.72 24.35 24.68 24.59 23.90 25.13 25.59 25.36

Degrees Awarded

Degrees Awarded by Concentration
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Broadcasting 31 31 30 46 35 40 35 35 35 18
Communication Studies 3 7 8 5 9 7 8 6 7 10
Journalism 15 21 19 18 17 19 14 18 19 6
Public Relations 61 85 105 68 94 94 97 99 75 67
Theatre 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 4 3 4
CO Majors without Concentration 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0