Communication at Aquinas College


Although everyone is born with the means to communicate, communication ability, like any talent, must be developed. The communication curriculum at Aquinas was designed with that in mind. Classes demand thoughtful inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving skills and active participation. Communication is one of the fastest growing disciplines at Aquinas.


The experienced communication professionals on the faculty have backgrounds in family studies, personal and health connections, and sociology. They are dedicated to assisting students in valuing and practicing effective human communication. They encourage students to advance toward intellectual independence and forceful expression.

Senior Thesis

At Aquinas, communication and interdisciplinary communication majors complete a senior thesis project through CN406 (Advanced Communication Theory) and CN 498 (Research Methods). The project involves original research, data analysis and professional presentation to fellow students and communication faculty. This project prepares students for graduate school or a career involving community outreach.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication Department is to provide a sound theoretical and practical curriculum in human communication which will foster understanding, appreciation and practice of communication in various contexts, prepare students for professional/citizenship endeavors, and equip students for life-long learning.


Communication majors gain a broad range of skills that are well suited to today's careers, including:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Management
  • Event Management
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching (at elementary level with communication minor, at secondary level with communication, interdisciplinary communication or communication with a theatre emphasis minor or major)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) for ALL the Communication Major Options and the Communication Major

  1. Produce theoretically-informed competent communication in multiple contexts
  2. Evaluate communication competency in multiple contexts
  3. Analyze scholarly communication literature and contemporary texts

SLOs for Communication and Interdisciplinary Communication Majors only

  1. Design and execute theoretically information original communication research