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.

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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

Featured Alumni Stories

The outreach project Wander Like Water was born: the Houstons would produce videos for YouTube and social media in which they would showcase not just their travels but also educate viewers about how each water source they’d visit “has a story, an issue, or a threat.”

Wander Like Water

Southwestern alumni adventurers raise awareness about water and educate the public about sustainability.

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Scott Rocher ’04 and Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05

For the Love of Tech

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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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Communication Studies News

Sevara Sobhani ’20 visited the Shrine of the Báb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Haifa, Israel, during a spiritual pilgrimage in December 2019.

Faith in Diversity

Sevara Sobhani ’20 cherishes how the Bahá’í Faith and the Southwestern community are devoted to inclusivity and independent thinking.

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Alec McClure ’20 | New Zealand Study Abroad Experience

A Journey to Remember

Alec McClure ’20 reflects on his time abroad in New Zealand.

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Rebecca Richardson ’20 served as a human-resources analyst intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Southwestern Students Spend Summer Working at the Federal Reserve Bank

Rebecca Richardson ’20, a business major with a double minor in data science and communication studies, shares her experiences as a Fed intern.

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