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Department of Communication Studies

Scholarship Campaign for Forensics and Debate

 Communication Studies has begun an ambitious new scholarship campaign on behalf of our Forensics and Debate teams. Read more about our goals.


Communication Studies Finds a New HomeAtrium

The Communication Studies Department was a awarded a significant amount of new space in Nichols Hall. The department main office is now located in Nichols Hall 234. Read more

Outstanding Teaching

Communication Studies faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants are committed to helping our students reach their academic and professional potential through rigorous scholarship, a firm foundation in communication theory, and experiential learning. This past year, Dr. Sarah Riforgiate and Katrina Hanna both received awards for demonstrating excellence in teaching as well as a strong commitment to individual student development. Read more

Undergraduate Research

Along with working hard in the classroom, students in Communication Studies are pursuing their interests by collaborating with faculty on research projects. Two students - Aaron Cunningham and Samantha Pratt - recently have completed  independent research projects and have presented their findings at conferences. Their experiences spotlight the department's emphasis on high impact learning experiences, faculty-student mentorship, and undergraduate research. Read more


New Assistant Professors

BardhanSoumia Bardhan received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of culture, religion, politics, gender, and new media,
particularly the interactional dynamics of Western and Arab Islamic rhetorical traditions; the multivocal discourses and discursive practices within Islam; the rhetoric of Muslim counterpublics; and the role of new media/social media in the cultural-political transformation of Arab societies. Dr. Bardhan’s research has been published in the peer-reviewed Digest of Middle East Studies and the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, a co-edited volume on gender, rhetoric, and the Arab Spring published by New York University Press, among others. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and directs summer study tours in Spain, France, Morocco, and India. Read more

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