Majors & Minors

Communication Studies

You’ll journey through the history, theory, philosophy and ethics of communications acquiring along the way a deep understanding of its impact on our society. Our critical inquiry into the relational, rhetorical, social, cultural and ideological functions of language, performance and media, opens the door to a multitude of career options in our media-driven world.

Contact

Valerie Renegar

Associate Professor & Chair

Phone

512.863.1061

Valerie Renegar

Associate Professor & Chair

Communication Studies
Communication Studies

How do we send messages between one place and another, through some medium of communication? How does the use of different mediums—radio, television, the Internet—affect the way we communicate? How do institutions, maintain and disseminate information over time? These questions, and many others, lie at the heart of the Southwestern Communication Studies Department’s approach.

Through the Department’s multifaceted curriculum, our faculty provides an intimate learning experience, focusing on the myriad ways that communication, culture and identity intersect and define each other. 

Through this rich combination of modes of thinking and analysis, the Communication Studies Department provides you with a strong critical and theoretical understanding of the ways in which our social reality is constructed and challenged through communication patterns and practices.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

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Scott Rocher ’04 and Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05

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Scott Rocher ’04 and Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05 reflect on their Southwestern Experience.

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Jessica E. Hager ’08 | Distinguished Young Alumna

Jessica E. Hager ’08

Distinguished Young Alumna

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Gregory "Bear" Reeves '17

Why Waste Your Time With a “Throw-Away” Degree

How a Classics degree helped one SU alumnus gain acceptance into highly competitive T14 law schools.

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Communication Studies News

In summer 2018, Welsh embarked on an eight-week internship at the Brown University Investment Office, in Providence, Rhode Island.

A Head for Numbers

Jared Welsh ’19 interned at the Brown University Investment Office and served as the trader in Southwestern’s Financial Analyst Program.

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Laura Rativa ’19

Laura Rativa ’20 Recognized as a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow

Communication studies and political science double major Laura Rativa ’20 reflects on SU’s role in nurturing her lifelong dedication to servant–leadership.

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Dr. Ross takes her Spanish class outdoors. 

The Staying Power of the Humanities

Why a degree in the humanities is just as important as a degree in STEM.

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