Department of Communication Studies

Advocating change. Engaging difference. Leading with purpose.

About the Department


The Department of Communication Studies is home 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

Additionally, the department houses the Cultural Studies program that focuses on:

  • critical theory
  • cultural critique
  • the art of advocacy

The department 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:

Communication Studies:

Cultural Studies:

The Department of Communication Studies offers the following graduate program: 

Contact Us

Interested in Communication or Cultural Studies?

If you’re interested in studying communication or cultural studies and want to talk with a departmental representative about our programs, please email . We would love to talk with you about our department, the majors, and career options for our students.

Student Opportunities

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:


Communication Internships

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

Independent Studies

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

Study Abroad

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
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TU Debate

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

Speak Up, Speak Out! Community

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 communities

Learn about SUSO!

Department Resources

There are a variety of resources for success offered by the department to support your academic journey. Some of these include: 

Statement of Solidarity

Solidarity and Action

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

3rd Annual Communication Studies Symposium

March 28, 2024

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.

TU Public Speaking Competition

April 10, 2024

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.

COMM Student Showcase

May 14, 2024

5:00PM - 7:00PM at 10 West Burke Avenue

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. 

Contact Information

Department of Communication Studies

Psychology 504

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