Department of Communication Studies

Advocating change. Engaging difference. Leading with purpose. 

About the Department

The Department of Communication Studies began in 2018 and is the home department to almost 500 students majoring and minoring in the three primary dimensions of communication studies:

  • advocacy and public discourse
  • identity and culture
  • leadership and organizational communication

The major provides both theory and research as well as applicable skills that will prepare you for a variety of careers.

What We Offer

The Department of Communication Studies offers the following undergraduate programs:

Public Speaking Competition

Thinking about auditioning for the Public Speaking Competition? It is open to any TU undergraduate student. Your prepared 5-8 minute persuasive speech should address at least one of the core tenets of the Department of Communication Studies curriculum:

  1. Advocacy and public discourse: This dimension emphasizes the importance of persuasion within politics and activism. How do we advocate for ourselves? How do we advocate for our communities?
  2. Identity and culture: This dimension asks us to be reflexive about the intersectionality of identity and culture within message construction. What is the relationship between identity and politics? How does popular culture influence our understanding of ourselves or others?
  3. Leadership and organizational communication: This dimension examines the ways communication creates and maintains organizations and organizational culture. How do organizations (non-profit/for-profit) shape cultural conversations? What makes a strong leaders?

Learn more about the competition at Public Communication Center.