Communication Studies

Thank you for visiting the Department of Communication Studies website.  We are a dynamic department and are undergoing many exciting changes.  These changes keep you, the student, at the forefront by creating options and flexibility for your education and preparing you for a variety of careers.

Some of these changes include the addition of seven new tenure-track faculty in the past four years, offering both BA and BS degrees in Communication, developing concentrations allowing students to specialize in Organizational Communication and Culture and Social Influence.  We are currently building a generalist degree as well as creating a new concentration in Health Communication with plans to launch them by Fall semester 2020.

Please take a moment to browse our website and explore our major.  Feel free to call, email, or stop by and visit us in Jones Hall room 233.  The faculty are excited to meet you and help you shape your future.

The MTSU Department of Communication Studies celebrates and affirms differences among people from all backgrounds.  We embrace diversity both seen and unseen, strive for inclusion for students, faculty, and staff, commit to ourselves to equity in interaction and process, and actively promote social justice for all persons.  Our department cultivates an environment that empowers individuals from underrepresented and/or historically marginalized groups.  We serve our students, campus, and community by developing communication skills that promote understanding, respect, empathy, and critical thinking.

Mission

The Communication major and the Department of Communication Studies mission is to engage in the development and instruction of our students' skills, knowledge, and abilities that can lead to rewarding personal growth and career opportunities. We are committed to engaging students in the communication discipline, mentoring students to succeed, transforming our teaching and research, and partnering with others in our campus, community, and discipline.

Values

The Department of Communication Studies at Middle Tennessee State University values:
   1.  improving knowledge and discourse in our classrooms and communities;
   2.  promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for our students and colleagues;
   3.  building pathways to success for our students;
   4.  developing our instructional and research footprint in the discipline of communication.