Fundamental in Everyday Life
We all communicate, whether we talk with family members, deliver public speeches, write legal documents, direct movies, or create websites like this one.
But why do we communicate? What are some theories and philosophies that guide why we think, speak, and see in the ways that we do? And how might we communicate better, for example, more ethically and in a way that can be understood by someone from another culture?
A Diverse Perspective of Vital Fields of Study
On your way to earning a degree in Communication, you will explore a variety of academic areas and study communication from a perspective based in the humanities. Our students develop skills and knowledge at the heart of higher education in the liberal arts, enriching their personal lives and facilitating professional success.
Here are examples of what you will study:
- Classical and contemporary theories of persuasion
- Ethics and logical argumentation
- Philosophy of law (including ideas about liberty, justice, and the origins of governmental authority)
- Interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication
- Presidential and political rhetoric
- Media studies (of photography, film, and television, for instance)
A Degree for Career Communicators
Communication and Philosophy graduates possess an academic background that prepares them for a range of professional pursuits. They gain intellectual tools needed for a lifetime of learning and career success as they go on to graduate and professional schools or careers in:
- Human Resources
- Public Relations
- Social activism
Practical Experience Throughout the Program
Hands-on, useful, and relevant experience allows our students to make exceptional progress toward their goals after graduating. Throughout your course of study, you will learn by doing through a range of options, including:
- Public speaking competitions
- Undergraduate research
- Service learning within the Keene community
- A significant step toward future success: a mandatory senior project, requiring design, implementation, and public presentation of original research – a key asset for job interviews and graduate school applications
Our faculty’s diverse scholarship allows students to earn a rare undergraduate degree, combining communication and philosophy. Faculty expertise ranges from interpersonal, intercultural, and health communication to the rhetoric and philosophy of language, film, aesthetics, ethics, criminality, race, gender, and sexuality. More about A Distinctive Blend of Faculty
Everyone who speaks uses their mastery of linguistics every day, but most of us know very little about the technical aspects of this critical skill that flows from us almost unconsciously. So Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Stephen Hawes was delighted to hear from a former student, Spanish…
Everyone knows that travel broadens your horizons and is educational in and of itself. But to get the richest experience and really learn about the country and culture you’re visiting, you’ve got to live and work among the people. And when you work to help those people, that’s even better…
You could say that Amanda Pires ’16 is the quintessential success story: a student who came to Keene State from an economically depressed community, accepted challenges and worked hard, and opened doors to professional success. While she was a student here, majoring in economics and minoring in communication and management…
It’s no secret Keene State College students like to stay in the area once they graduate. They aren’t alone. According to University System of New Hampshire Chancellor Todd Leach, New Hampshire students who do attend college in state are 70 percent more likely to remain after college.
Keene State student…
Senior psychology major (with a philosophy minor) Rachel Lally won a 2016 SURF grant to work on a project titled “Pushed Out or Dropped Out: An Analysis of Relationships in Schools.” Her study focuses on relationships a student has with staff, peers, and the school as a whole, working from…