History, Culture, & Society


The mission of the Communication Studies program is to provide all students with the necessary tools to be effective communicators for any career path they may choose. “Effective communicators” means they have the ability to adapt their messages successfully in a wide variety of contexts and situations. Courses in the program focus on critical thinking, oral and written communication, conflict management, workplace communication, and leadership.

Each area has a set of 10 committee members engaging the department or program to be supported. If committee positions are open, the Wildcats for Education Committee is looking for more enthusiastic alumni and friends of Baker University fo foster the liberal arts in these targeted ways. 

Committee Chair

Warren Swenson


In the tradition of liberal arts education, the Baker University History faculty works to provide students with a variety of educational methods and opportunities, which include lecture, discussion, student presentations, directed research, inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, oral history, museum or archival fieldwork, internships, and study abroad opportunities. The curriculum is structured to provide a balance between European, non-Western, and American history.


Religious Studies is the interdisciplinary academic examination of religious beliefs, rituals, and institutions. It explores and explains the historical reality of religions and situates the various traditions in their historical and cultural context. Often religious studies courses involve a variety of research methods and tools, including critical analysis of religious texts and adherents, discussion, student presentations, research, and museum studies. Students of religious studies will also have the potential to study history, religion, and archaeology in-state and abroad. Utilizing campus resources such as the Quayle Bible Collection, Baker students will combine field work as well as textual study in order to grasp the interdisciplinary nature of religious studies. Given this nature, the program is perfect for a double major or a minor to further enrich any given major at Baker University, but is best suited for majors such as Psychology, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Communication Studies, English, Music, Mass Media, and Education.


The focus of the Sociology program is to instill within our students that unique perspective or insight into social life that C. Wright Mills called “the sociological imagination.” Students in this program will come to better understand the ways in which social forces shape individual lives, social interactions, and social structures of many kinds. To this end, students will be actively engaged in the systematic study of social behavior and social interaction, social structures, and the changing nature of society.