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Department of Communication Studies


Through our broad-based curriculum, outstanding faculty, vibrant students, and applied learning, our department has become one of the region's most successful and respected programs.

In addition to the Communication Studies major, we offer minors in Communication Studies and Health Communication. We also offer a specialization in Speech Education for those wishing to become high school educators. Our master's degree in Communication Studies offers advanced study in the field of communication, preparing graduates for professional careers or doctoral programs.

Communication Jobs are on the Rise

Universities understand the value of a Communication degree.

According to new data from the National Communication Association, the number of faculty job openings in Communication has doubled since 2009, and rose 12 percent in 2013. This growth is remarkable, especially as compared with other humanities and social science disciplines that are still struggling to return to pre-recession levels of growth and stability.

Communication is a valuable and expanding field of study with numerous career opportunities for graduates.

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Communication Studies students and faculty
Communication Studies students and faculty

Communication Studies Students & Faculty are Recognized for Excellence

Students in the Communication Studies major or minor, as well as the Health Communication minor, have numerous opportunities to work with faculty mentors to achieve academic excellence beyond the classroom. Students working with  faculty mentors have published research in academic journals, won awards for academic presentations at local and regional academic conferences, and received the prestigious Schultz-Werth award for their work. Learn more about our students' accomplishments.

Communication Studies faculty have been recognized for their innovative teaching, cutting-edge research, and impactful service. Over 60% of our faculty have won teaching awards from the university or state/regional organizations.Together, our faculty have received 8 Top Paper awards and 8 Top Panel awards at the annual conferences of the National Communication Association or the Central States Communication Association. Faculty have also received SDSU's Excellence in Outreach and Engagement Award. Learn more about the accomplishments of our faculty.

Anderson & Kuehl receive Excellence in Outreach & Engagement Award
Anderson & Kuehl received the 2017 Excellence in Outreach & Engagement Award

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