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About Us

Welcome to Communication Studies

Who Are We?

Communication Studies students are skilled public speakers, researchers, writers, problem-solvers and leaders. Our undergraduate and graduate students gain expertise in the creation, transmission and analyses of messages. A 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey found that oral communication ranks as the most sought-after skill when hiring employees, and interpersonal skills ranked closely behind. Our students become experts in these skills, applying their knowledge to the personal, work-place and real-world experiences they encounter.

A defining—and extraordinary—quality of the Communication Studies program at Texas State University is the ability of our faculty and staff to combine the best aspects of teaching and mentoring students with exploring new ideas through research. Our department's faculty and staff help students understand the vital connection between research and teaching, both inside and outside the classroom.

World-Class Scholarship

  • Communication Studies faculty members have published more than 250 peer-refereed articles in renowned communication journals.

National and International Recognition

  • Communication Studies faculty members are leaders in the communication discipline. We serve as officers in regional and national communication associations, as well as journal editors and editorial board members. Our faculty have received a record-number of Presidential Awards of Excellence for teaching, research or service to Texas State.
  • Communication Studies professors are often cited in national and international media outlets including: the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, ABC News, AARP, Fox News, Men's Health and the Chicago Sun-Times. 

Successful Students and Programs

  • Communication Studies is ranked in the Top 10 communication Master’s programs in the nation and is ranked as the #3 M.A. program in the U.S. for communication education research.
  • The LBJ Debate Society and Elton Abernathy Forensics Society has won the overall state championship title at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Championships for 16 of the last 17 years.