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Programs of Study

Communication Studies professor
Dr. Siobahn Stiles


  • Communication Studies


  • Communication Studies
  • Professional Communication
  • Public Policy

The Communication Studies programs of study are part of the Department of Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology.

Course requirements and descriptions can be found in the Huntingdon College Catalog.

Why Huntingdon?

orientation students walking on the GreenHuntingdon’s Communication Studies program focuses on students’ understanding of the elements involved with both how and why humans communicate the way they do in various contexts. The major covers both rhetorical and social science approaches to provide students with many ways of analyzing and understanding communication. Communication Studies major coursework covers subjects such as the effects of media on society; interpersonal communication; theories of communication; rhetorical theory and criticism; and public relations. A strong liberal arts core curriculum places special emphasis on the development and mastery of critical thinking and analysis skills.

The knowledge and skills gained through the Huntingdon Communication Studies major provide a framework for graduate study or for careers in sales and marketing, public relations, promotion, event planning, media, broadcasting, business, and a number of other fields.

Carmen Fuentes ’19 is a news co-anchor for WTVY-News 4 in Dothan, Alabama.

Special features include:

  • The Presidential Fellows Program and the Kingswood Initiative offer opportunities to learn and practice skills in sports media and in media production.
  • Abundant professional internship opportunities in the capital city.
  • Travel/study in your senior year through the Huntingdon Plan, which also includes a laptop computer and books and information resources provided within regular costs.
  • The Hobbs Honors Program and Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society.
  • Flexibility to accommodate a second major.
  • Assistance from the Huntingdon Center for Career and Vocation as you consider internships or plan for graduate study or employment.
Noah Harrison ’20 is a reporter and newscaster for WHSV3 (ABC/Fox/CBS) in Harrisonburg, Virginia.




Communication at Work

Speaking, writing, relational communication and teamwork are all success skills fostered in the Communication Studies major. The knowledge you gain in the classroom will be reinforced by hands-on learning experiences. Huntingdon offers real world learning through:

  • Internships in settings such as sport media, public relations, broadcasting, church media, political organizations or offices, and non-profit organizations.
  • The Senior Capstone project—a culminating experience in the major.
  • Opportunities to present at state, regional, and national conferences.
  • On-campus colloquies, lectures, salons, and mini-conferences allowing exploration of special topics.


  • Siobahn Stiles, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
  • Kyle Christensen, Ph.D.
    Nichole LeFevre ’19 works as director of communications and marketing for First UMC-Prattville.

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Coordinator of the Communication Studies Program

  • Elizabeth Rogers, M.A.
    Director, Office of Academic Affairs; Instructor of Communication Studies


Huntingdon Communication Studies graduates are working in corporate and non-profit public relations, advertising, and communications and in media relations, broadcasting, sports information, organizational communication, politics, law, higher education, and journalism.

Communication Studies major Abby Blankenship Pflaum ’18 earned her juris doctorate from the University of Alabama School of law in 2021, and is a practicing attorney.
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