After entering the major, students in communication demonstrate their command of the discipline by winning awards. Some recent recognition includes several Hugh Hill Awards, along with a range of other honors. Communication students have won the $10,000 Bernard Shaw Award in three of the past five years.

The Department has a history of providing students with guidance for winning awards. The department Awards Committee has the mission of informing students of available competitions. To keep students abreast of opportunities, the staff posts current announcements on a department bulletin board. Students should also talk about awards with the department advisor. See Advising.

Well before graduation, students should look at the standards for Distinction in the Major and target the grade levels to gain recognition. At the beginning of the senior year, majors with high grades seek the opportunity to receive High Distinction, which involves writing a senior paper under faculty guidance.