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Advocating change. Engaging difference. Leading with purpose.
The Department of Communication Studies is home to almost 500 students majoring and minoring in the three primary dimensions of communication studies:
Additionally, the department houses the Cultural Studies program that focuses on:
The department provides both theory and research as well as applicable skills that will prepare you for a variety of careers.
The Department of Communication Studies offers the following undergraduate programs:
The Department of Communication Studies offers the following graduate program:
If you’re interested in studying communication or cultural studies and want to talk with a departmental representative about our programs, please email communicationstudies AT_TOWSON. We would love to talk with you about our department, the majors, and career options for our students.
As a student in the Department of Communication Studies, there are a variety of engaging experiences and extra-curricular activities available to you. Some of these include:
Are you considering an internship for credit? Communication studies students are highly versatile and qualified to work and intern at a variety of public and private organizations in Baltimore and beyond.Learn about the approval process
The Independent Study in Communication Studies is designed to give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a COMM faculty member in one of three capacities.Learn about the process
Want to take your communication skills to the next level? Communication studies students can choose from a variety of study abroad programs, including Towson University programs, exchanges and affiliate programs.Learn about studying abroad
Towson debate has a long legacy of student excellence, both inside and outside of debate. Our students go on to be come lawyers, doctors, teachers, and more. Many of our students also become active in their communities, fighting for a better world.Learn about TU Debate
SUSO! is open to all TU students who are interested in learning how to use their voice to create stronger communities by encouraging diverse voices. The community will teach students how to find and use their voices and then how to amplify their voices for the betterment of their communitiesLearn about SUSO!
There are a variety of resources for success offered by the department to support your academic journey. Some of these include:
Read the TU Department of Communication Studies Statement of Solidarity and Action (PDF) to learn how we are standing with our Black students, faculty and staff, and community.
Undergraduate students in the Department of Communication Studies
Public speaking appointments at the Public Communication Center each term
Average COMM class size
Trevin Walker '23 shares how a culture of support encouraged him to keep pursuing his degree.
Communication Studies student Mathias Adjingbaruk took the road less traveled by most Division I student-athletes.
Sophie Rapo '23 shares her experiences at Towson University in Northeast Maryland, highlighting friendships and a great education.
9:30AM - 1:00PM in University Union Ballrooms A, B, C
Title: Advocating Change: Public Discourse in Turbulent Times. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Eric King Watts from Wake Forest University. He’s a rhetorical and cultural studies scholar whose work focuses on voice and the imposition of voicelessness, particularly through the lens of race but also incorporating gender and class. There will be a keynote and breakout sessions to follow.
6:00PM - 8:00PM in University Union RM 324 and 322
Title: How My Cultural Identity Has Shaped Me. The Public Speaking Competition will feature the top speakers at Towson University, who have been selected through an ongoing competition. The top three speakers will be awarded financial scholarships for their successful speeches.
6:00PM - 8:30PM in Psychology RM 504
COMM students will have the opportunity to present on their experiences with internships, independent studies, studying abroad, or other experiential learning efforts during the Spring 2024 semester.