Communication Studies

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Communication studies is a discipline that involves the investigation and practice of face-to-face, small group, organizational, public, print, and mediated messages.

Our department has over 170 students currently majoring or minoring in communication studies. There are currently 15 tenured faculty in the department. We also support general education for the entire university with courses such as Introduction to Communication Studies, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, and Intercultural Communication.

Onward and Upward

Besides meeting the general education requirements, communication studies majors take courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication, intercultural communication, communication research methods, and rhetorical criticism. Depending on career interests, you'll choose from one of three areas of study:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leadership and public advocacy
  • Organizational communication

You'll take five courses in your area of study, then two additional communication courses as electives.


The Department of Communication Studies offers three minors in communication studies.

Communication studies can lead to job opportunities in many different fields, such as event planning, speech writing, employee training, sales, management, public information, personnel recruiting, campaign direction, lobbying, and negotiations. It's also good preparation for graduate school in many disciplines including communication, law, education, business, public administration, student affairs, instructional technology, and counseling.


See what some of our alumni are doing!


March 2022

From branding yourself in college to strategies for effective management, students got a one-stop shop communications makeover through the NCASC's annual Communication Day


Through this national professional organization for communication scholars and professionals in communication, our National Communication Association Student Club offers monthly meetings that feature professionals who discuss topics such as interviewing, internships, résumé writing, career development, and graduate school.

Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society earned the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association

Lambda Pi Eta

The honor society's purpose is to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies. To be eligible for consideration for admission students must have completed at least 60 semester credit hours; have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all courses taken; be in the upper 35 percent of their institutional academic class; have at least a 3.25 GPA for all communication studies courses; completed the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours in communication studies; and currently be enrolled as a full-time student in good standing.

Communication Studies Faculty and Staff