You will explore the principles of communication across contexts — interpersonal, social, political, economic, cultural and beyond place and time — and by means of various technologies. Through theory and practice, you will prepare for civic engagement beyond the classroom, in our highly mediated environment.
Note: Hamilton's faculty voted on March 4, 2014 to discontinue offering a concentration in communication effective with the students who graduate in 2016. Students may still opt to minor in communication.
Ian Rothenberg ’16 discovered unexpected interests at Hamilton College even within his communication major. He first took a communication course because he thought he’d like it and it would be useful for a career in public relations or journalism. “But at this point I’ve become much more interested in a lot of the theory and philosophical base behind communication studies,” he says. His interest in philosophy came as a surprise to him. Still, something important turned out as he’d anticipated: He gets to play plenty of music. He’s a bass player and music minor. “I wanted to be able study music without going to a conservatory so Hamilton’s Music Department, specifically the jazz program, really drew me here – because of Doc Woods,” he says. Music Professor Michael “Doctuh" Woods is a jazz bassist and composer.More >>
As a Hamilton College student Sabrina Yurkofsky ’15 wanted to pursue a career in the television industry, and she majored in two subjects she thought would help her get there: communication and psychology. With help from the College Career Center, she did internships related to the field. And she received a prestigious Hamilton fellowship that allowed her to spend her senior year doing a research project to evaluate sexism on television and its effects on viewers. The work combined both disciplines. (Note: communication is now offered only as a minor at Hamilton.)More >>
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in communication are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including: