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:

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?


Dr. Desireé  Rowe Selected as Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Desireé Rowe was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant and will spend March-August 2019 in Japan teaching at Kyushu University. 

Trust Fund Established

Emeritus faculty Ron Matlon established a trust fund for the department and writes: "My years at TU were by far the best years I ever had in academe. TU is a truly great institution admirably dedicated to a wonderful teaching/learning environment."

Students Return from Scotland

Dr. Michaela Frischherz traveled with students during January 2019 to Scotland to study identity, expression, and social action as part of an IDFA Study Abroad course.



Carly Woods' Book Talk, Debating Women

  Thursday, February 28  

  6-7:30 pm, VB 204

Carly Woods, Professor at UMD-College Park, will discuss her new book, Debating Women.

Departmental Advising Week

Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29

    Advisor's Office      

The Department of Communication Studies will offer departmental advising during the last week of March to prepare students for fall registration, which will open in early April.

Lunch and Learn with COMM Alumni

Thursday, April 4

  12-2 pm, ST 310  

Enjoy lunch and a conversation with alums about how their COMM degree helped them in their current careers.