Communication Studies

Part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media (, the Department of Communication Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication Studies and a Master of  Arts (M.A.) in Communication Studies.

Faculty: Professor McClure, chairperson. Professors Chen, DiCioccio, Hobbs, Ketrow, Logan, N. Mundorf, Salazar, Swift, Torrens, and Wood; Associate Professors Derbyshire, Healey Jamiel, Leatham, Reyes, Roth, Quainoo, and Ye; Assistant Professors Kushner, Petronio, Smith, and Wyatt; Lecturers Alfano, August, Bell, Bergson, Cabral, Fonseca, Greenwood, Jalette, Monksgaard, Morrison, J. Mundorf, Poulakos, Proulx, Stifano, Waitkun, and Wales; Professors Emeriti Anderson, Brownell, Devlin, and Doody.

URI’s program in communication studies provides maximum flexibility in planning for a variety of academic and occupational goals. The curriculum is personalized for each student. Although the student will play an important role in curriculum planning, his or her program is closely supervised by an advisor. Departmentally approved courses provide diversity or a more focused approach, depending on the student’s needs and goals. Courses outside the department that relate to the student’s needs and goals are also encouraged.

Students selecting this major may pursue studies in business and professional communication, communication theory, oral interpretation, rhetoric and public address, public relations, radio and TV advertising, and similar career goals.

Students must achieve a passing grade in COM 100 or COM 110 in order to transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Communication Studies. The program requires a minimum of 36 credits (maximum 51) in the major, including COM 202, 221, 381, 382, and 383. The remaining credits will be distributed as follows: at least two courses (6 credits) of COM 200 level; at least two courses (6 credits) of COM 300 level; and at least three courses (9 credits) of COM 400 level. A student must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in her or his major to meet graduation requirements. Courses of independent study (COM 471, 472, 491, 492) and internships do not fulfill the requirements for the major or minor.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.