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

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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Hailee Williams '17 poses on the SNL set

Saturday Night Live Internship Leads to Position as Production Assistant for Southwestern Alum

Hailee Williams, SU ’17, describes New York Arts Program internship as an “amazing experience.”

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Communication Studies News

Worth Payton '18

An Education by Experience

Worth Payton ’18 demonstrates the importance of learning about oneself and connecting with others in building success.

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Teachers, administrators, parents, children, and community members gathered to commemorate the generous donation of 18 laptop computers, a projector, and various textbooks to an elementary school in Miagao, Philippines.

Connecting the World

Marie Nugpo ’18, Southwestern Information Technology, and the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice received a certificate of appreciation for bringing learning technology tools to a school in the Philippines.

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Ethan Bellamy '20 and SU study abroad students in London.

Becoming Southwestern in London

A Southwestern University communications major reflects on his experiences studying in the U.K.

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Communication Studies Events

Muslims in Academia

Muslims in Academia Symposium

An all-day symposium featuring student and faculty-led panels and keynote speech by nationally recognized historian Dr. Denise Spellberg, author of Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an.

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