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Department of Communication Studies

What is Communication Studies?

What can you do with a Communication Studies Degree?

Lots!  Our majors have pursued careers as lawyers, community relations coordinators, managers, lecturers, counselors, business owners, debate and forensics directors, and communication coordinators.  

Check out the Career Center Communications Studies page to see a few of the types of careers you can pursue and ways you can make a difference. Also, check out the Employment & Internships page to see what our students are doing with their degrees and what all you could be doing.

Meet Our Staff

We Are Hiring

   We are hiring

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Department of Communication Studies are hiring for the position of marketing and recruitment specialist.  Work closely with people who care deeply about their work and are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement, and who are committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging while helping students be successful in their career, participate meaningfully in their communities, and make a difference in their world.  Qualifications and application requirements can be found here.




K-State's Speech Team is a competitive speaking and interpretation opportunity open to all undergraduates. We welcome any student willing to put in the work! Contact Forensics Director Craig Brown to learn more. 


K-State Debate competes in both British Parliamentary Debate and National Debate Tournament/Cross Examination Debate Association-style policy debate. The K-State Debate team always looking for new debaters, and have room for debaters of all levels of experience. If you'd like to learn more about how to get involved with the team, contact Professor Alex McVey, Director of Debate.  

Mock Trial

Mock Trial offers an opportunity for aspiring attorneys and aspiring actors to form teams and prepare to try cases against other universities from across the country. Mock trial is a great activity for preparing students to think critically, communicate effectively, and work in a team. 

Summer Camps and Clinics

K-State Debate Summer Camp

Get immersed in six days of instruction and competition.  For high school competitors in debate who want to hone their skills and get a taste of what college-level competition looks like this in-person camp is for you.  The K-State Debate Summer Camp will be held in-person on the Manhattan Camps, Sunday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8, 2022, For more information or to register for camp please visit our summer camp website

Wildcat Warmup Debate Clinic
Wildcat Warmup Debate Clinic

K-State Debate invites you to the first ever Wildcat Warmup Pre-Season Debate Clinic.  Join us for an evening of learning with K-State Debate Coaches ahead of the 2021 Kansas High School debate season opener. This clinic is timed to help students prepare for the opening debate tournament of the year. Students will hear from the K-State Debate staff about how to set themselves up for victory at their season opener.  K-State Debate Coaches will advise on prepping for the first tourney, thinking big picture, and debating new affirmatives.  For more information visit our Wildcat Warmup Debate Clinic website.  

Mock Trial

High schoolers interested in learning about mock trial competition or wanting to hone their skills can attend this six day camp held Sunday, July 25 - Saturday, July 31,2021.  Learn from veteran trial attorneys in a learn-by-doing format.  Divide into teams competing on recent Mock Trial cases.  Practice both as attorney and witness, and alternate between plaintiff and defense. For more information please the Mock Trial Summer Camp website.  

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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.

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