This article investigates the substance and level of importance placed on liberal arts as elements within the communication curriculum and whether the definition and significance of these liberal arts elements change according to the emphasis of different communication programs. To explore the nature and extent of the curriculum, the article reviewed communication programs through a survey of the membership of two organizations, the Association of Communication Administrators and the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to the analysis of the findings, academic literature are reviewed to provide a discussion of the history surrounding the organization, curricula, and proposed future of liberal studies within communication programs.
Williamson, L. K., & Iorio, S. H. (1996). Communication curriculum reform, Liberal arts components and administrative organization. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 25(3), 175–186.