Real-world approach to teaching.
When it comes to skills employers look for in their employees, strong communication skills consistently rank high on the list, year after year.
Baker’s communication program helps you develop the ability to communicate both orally and in writing, work in groups, lead, manage conflicts, and navigate cross-cultural contexts. Students develop tools and the flexibility to apply them in a variety of situations. The communication program is the perfect place to start when looking for a versatile and worthwhile degree.
Learn Hands On
Baker encourages internships in a variety of fields, including public relations, human relations, and political campaign activities. Students can also be involved in theatre performances, speak at regional and national conferences, and conduct research for publication.
Prepare for Graduate School
The communication program at Baker is the perfect stepping stone to graduate school. Recent graduates have pursued master’s degrees at Arizona State University, University of Kansas, and Southern Methodist University. Other students have attended law school.
Act It Out
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.
Take a look at where some of our communication studies graduates are working:
- Dr. Kendra Knight, 2004, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at DePaul University
- Megan Lamb Smith, 2007, Executive Director for the Hesston Chamber of Commerce
- Ashley Schmidt Owen, 2008, International Customer Service at Nazdar
- Latasha Roberts James, 2009, Owner of the Veil KC
- Darcey Nance O’Bryhim, 2010, Director of Collegiate Growth for Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity Inc.
- Dr. Joshua Morgan, 2010, Lecturer at Kansas University and a Writer
- The Rev. Bryce Bowers, 2012, Pastor at First Christian Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Shavon Brown, 2012, Office Manager for Literacy KC
- Danielle Harris, 2012, Alumni Relations Manager
- Rebecca Nolte Bowles, 2012, Coordinator of Youth Ministries for Countryside UMC in Topeka
- The Rev. Warren Swenson, 2013, Episcopal Priest and Visiting Instructor of Rhetoric at the University of the South
- Connie Farmer, 2014, Targeted Case Manager for Cottonwood Inc.
- Jacob Mogle, 2015, Marketing Operations at UMB Bank
- Shannon McCarty Ryan, 2015, Sales Support Coordinator at Consolidated Communications
- Brittney Fell-Harmon, 2017, Therapist
- Anna Wright, 2017, Licensed Realtor for McGrew Real Estate
- Taiylor Sharp, 2018, Academic Services Coordinator at Kansas Wesleyan University
- Nick Oliver, 2019, National Account Manager for Ryan Transportation
- Grant Ellis, 2018, Life Insurance Agent
- Russell Taylor, 2001, Marketing Manager: Retail and Visual Design for Crown Center
- Danielle Carlson, Mental Health Clinician
The Department of History, Culture, and Society gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Social Sciences
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Philosophy and Religion
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for History
- Dorothy J. and James F. Hilgenberg Scholarship
- Gilbert and Martha Jane Lewis Ferguson Scholarship
- Brune Memorial Scholarship
- Paul Dick Scholarship
- Warren E. and Marion Rhodes DeSpain Scholarship in Church Leadership
- Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
Communication Studies Course Descriptions
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Susan Emel
Professor of Communication Studies, Ernestine Susannah Buckley Chair
B.S. Kansas State University, M. Div. St. Paul School of Theology, Ph.D. University of Kansas
Expertise: interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, communication theory, rhetorical studies
Office: Parmenter Hall 15
Dr. Kimberly Schaefer
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
B.A. University of Richmond; M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Expertise: interpersonal communication, communication technology, personal relationships
Office: Parmenter Hall 18