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Communication & Philosophy


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

Colin Daly

"I enjoy learning about a topic in class and being able to use it directly once I walk out the door."
- Colin Daly, Communication major

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:

  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Law
  • Human Resources
  • Media
  • Public Relations
  • Politics
  • 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
  • Internships
  • 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

A Distinctive Blend of Faculty

Philosophy Class

Dr. Sander Lee, Professor of Philosophy, with students attending the KSC Honors Program.

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


The commitment to serve runs deep in the Keene...
July 18, 2017 –

When Communication major David Condlin ’10 was in his senior year at Keene State, he attended a recruiting event for AmeriCorps, the Corporation for National and Community Service. After he graduated, he realized that he wanted to volunteer and give back to communities. He served two years with AmeriCorps NCCC…

Communication and Film major Dan Stavens
June 9, 2017 –

Entering Keene State College, I had one goal in mind: “I’m going to do what needs to be done to succeed in my degree.” This seems like a fair goal, right? Well soon after my arrival, I found so much opportunity sitting right in front me. I initially met my…

Bruna DePaula ’16, back at Keene State, this...
April 4, 2017 –

Having only graduated one year ago, Bruna DePaula ’16 returned to Keene State as a representative of Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the spring career fair, titled Your Future Fair, hosted by Academic and Career Advising. The fair brought 112 local and national potential employers to campus to help students find internships…

Eric Kane ’11
January 5, 2017 –

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning home to New England and working for the station that I grew up watching,” said Eric Kane ’11, who joined Boston’s WHDH 7 news team as a reporter in November. Shortly after graduation, the Bedford, N.H., native took a job as a reporter, anchor…

Caitlin English ’10
November 10, 2016 –

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…

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