Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies

Gain the tools you need to navigate the communication challenges of the 21st century and communicate with purpose and passion.

About the Department

The origins of this department date back to the university’s founding and classes in rhetoric and speech in 1866. Today, more than 1,000 students who major in the discipline explore the structure, processes, aesthetics, functions, ethics and criticism of mass media and human communication.

The department has established itself as a leader in the mid-Atlantic region by providing programs that help students achieve outstanding visual, verbal and written communication skills.

What We Offer

Choose from broad and diverse coursework in advertising, journalism and new media, public relations and communication studies. All programs help you become a critical thinker and effective and ethical communicator.

Gain knowledge in theory and research as well as practical skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers.

Community Relationships

The department builds and maintains strong relationships with alumni and community leaders from the business, government and nonprofit sectors. Use practical, innovative experiences and partnerships to prepare for a successful communication career.


Students Attend PR Convention

Five members of Towson's PRSSA attended the 2017 regional conference at Penn State University. They heard speakers from Google, the Ad Council, Ketchum, Pittsburgh Penguins, Burson-Marsteller, and GPSImpact. Students also got to participate in a pitch competition, attend an etiquette luncheon, and network with other chapters of PRSSA.

Students Take Part in Tiger Pride Day

Professor Carol Norton's class participated in Tiger Pride Day 2017, a day of advocacy to Maryland government officials on behalf of Towson University in Annapolis, Maryland. New this year, Dr. Audra McMullen brought Pi Kappa Delta members. Students, faculty, and administrators gathered on Feb. 28 to show how much their Towson experience meant to them. Rebecca Dessalines, a Towson SGA Legislative Affairs Coordinator and a communication studies major, coordinated the event.

#TUjday17 Features Conversation About Press Freedom

Towson University's annual journalism day (#TUjday17) featured an April 27 keynote speech from Jeff Ballou, president of the National Press Club, on "Press Freedom and Challenges Journalists Face in the Trump Era."


Contact Information

Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies

Media Center
Room 114

Monday - Thursday,
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.