Communication Major

The Bachelor of Arts Communication Program provides a rigorous introduction to the study of communication from both the social scientific and humanistic orientations. Courses examine research and theory about interactions and relationships within an array of contexts. This program is offered within the Organizational Sciences framework - the communication dimension becomes a critical factor in the overall success of organizations.


The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Required Coursework (21 credits):

COMM 1025: Introduction to Communication Studies

COMM 1040: Public Communication

COMM 1041: Interpersonal Communication

COMM 2100: Communication Theory

COMM 3110: Research Methods

COMM 4150: Persuasion

COMM 4199W: Senior Seminar

Six additional Communication (COMM) courses (18 credits) numbered 2000 or above.

A second major or minor other than Organizational Communication and/or Health and Wellness

Program Distinctions

The Communication Program sponsors the Henigan-Stevens Communication Award (established in honor of former Communication professors by Eugene Lambert in 1997), which recognizes a student's project to improve communication within the community, and the Isaac Davis (governor of Massachusetts at the time the gift was established in 1869) Public Communication Award , which recognizes excellence in oral communication. Both awards annually recognize motivated and talented Communication students. The program is also the seat of the Chauncey M. Depew Professorship in Communication , an endowed position established in 1936 and currently held by Dr. Clay Warren. Depew was President of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad (1885-1899) and a U.S. Senator from New York (1899-1911).

Related Programs

Several GW departments and programs are disciplinarily related to the Communication Program. Students of the Communication Program may double major or minor in these, as well as other, fields. Examples include the Journalism Program, Political Communication Program, Speech and Hearing Science, and the graduate program in Human Sciences. The primary differences between the Communication Program and those listed above are:

  1. the approach taken toward the subjects studied and
  2. the degree of specialization.

These differences are best gauged by either contacting the program you are interested in or perhaps e-mailing current students and alumni about the Communication Program.





Dr. Cheryl Wood
Communication Undergraduate Advisor
The George Washington University
600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Communication Awards

Communication Awards

The Communication Department gives two awards each year to a Communication student for excellence in project completion and performance, etc. One is the Henigan-Stevens award, and the other is the Isaac Davis award. Both are cash awards. Detailed information for the two awards can be found in the two documents below.

Henigan-Stevens award

Isaac Davis award