Communication Studies Student Experience

You will have lots of opportunity for involvement in and out of the classroom.

BU Speech Choir

The Speech Choir provides a unique opportunity for Baker students interested in developing greater skills in speaker-audience engagement. Led by Susan Emel, professor of Communication, the Speech Choir is open to students in all fields. Drawn from practices in oral interpretation, the Speech Choir prepares, perfects and performs programs drawn from literature, rhetoric and media. Thematic programs are prepared for campus ceremonies and celebrations. The Speech Choir is a great activity for enthusiastic, communicative students. For those who have past experience in public speaking, forensics or debate, the Speech Choir is a perfect fit. Participation awards are available for those interested in Speech Choir.


Internships are available to communication studies majors in a variety of areas of professional interest. Past student experiences have included human relations, public relations and political campaign activities.

Student Research & Publications

Students in communication studies have conducted directed research studies as part of their coursework in the major. This experience provides students an opportunity to conduct communication research as well as to assess their work for possible publication. Kaitlyn Hills, communication major in the class of ’07, published her Senior Seminar project in an edition of the Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri.


Several communication studies majors have submitted papers for conferences. Notable examples include student presentations to the national conference for honors communication students, and at the National Communication Association’s annual convention.

Theatre Productions

Each year, the Department of Theatre presents a series of productions. Each season features at least one main stage production per semester, directed by a guest director or member of the theatre faculty, with student-directed and student-produced shows throughout the year. One possible fulfillment of the workshop requirement for communication studies students is Stage Performance – TH 123 and TH 423, credit awarded for performing in a theatre production. For communication studies majors, a theatrical performance is one of several ways to enhance the speaker-audience experience.

Honor Society | Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in his book Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda) meaning logic, pathos (Pi) relating to emotion and ethos (Eta) defined as character, credibility and ethics. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline. Lambda Pi Eta is an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies. LPH has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide.