Karen T. Erlandson, chair and professor.
B.A., 1992, M.A., 1995, Michigan State University; Ph.D., 2002, University of California, Santa Barbara. Appointed 2002.
Andrew C. Boyan, assistant professor.
B.A., 2003, M.A., 2005, Washington State University; Ph.D., 2012, Michigan State University. Appointed 2009.
Megan R. Hill, assistant professor.
B.A., 2008, Oakland University; M.A., 2012, Ph.D., 2013, The Ohio State University. Appointed 2013.
Katey A. Price, visiting assistant professor.
B.A., 2007, Lake Superior State University; M.A., 2009, Central Michigan University, Ph.D., 2013, The Ohio State University. Appointed 2015.
Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meaning within and across all kinds of contexts, cultures, channels, and media. It is intertwined with virtually every aspect of our lives and plays an integral role in everything from the development of our personal identities to the processes involved with changing our societies.
Our mission is to provide students with an understanding of communication that will help them fulfill the liberal arts mission of developing critical thinking and transferable skills in order to become educated and ethical members of a global society. Specifically, we provide a curriculum that will:
- help students understand the importance of communication in a variety of contexts;
- help students understand major theories in communication studies;
- help students understand the research process;
- help students gain competency in presentation skills;
- prepare students for graduate study in communication studies and/or professional endeavors;
- prepare students with the communication skills necessary to create and maintain healthy relationships and communities.
Communication Studies Department Website
Although this department’s courses are within the mainstream of the liberal arts tradition, intended to provide important theory and practice for all Albion students, concentration in communication studies is especially valuable for students preparing for professions such as public service, public relations, advertising, event planning, business, electronic media, politics, education and the law.
Internships are viewed as valuable learning experiences, and the department encourages all interested students to explore and pursue these opportunities. Juniors and seniors may participate in communication internships covering areas such as public relations, event planning, broadcasting and marketing, among others. These internships may be completed during fall or spring semester locally, over the summer in areas such as Detroit or Chicago, or as part of an off-campus program such as Australearn, the Chicago Center or Boston University’s London program. Students are encouraged to discuss these opportunities with faculty in the Communication Studies Department for more information.
In addition, the Communication Studies Department awards several scholarships each year through two different scholarship funds. The Bernard T. Lomas Scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming first-year students majoring in communication studies or a related field, and the William C. Henning Merit Scholarship is awarded to a select group of current communication studies majors who demonstrate academic excellence and promise. The department also sponsors the annual Kropscott Symposium which provides students the opportunity to attend lectures and participate in workshops presented by scholars and practitioners in various communication fields.
The department offers students the option of completing a general major/minor or to specialize with an emphasis in one of three areas of the field: mass media, organizational communication or interpersonal communication.