Overview

Why study communication studies?

Because effective and ethical communication is at the core of family, of human organizations of all types, and of democratic decision making.

Undergraduate Programs

In our complex, mediated, global, and pluralistic world, we are awash in messages. Others seek to influence our ideas and our actions, and we seek to influence theirs. Studying human communication in its many forms and contexts enables students to be engaged civic participants, reflective audience analysts, effective communicators at work and in relationships, and reflective consumers of messages. Examining communication through historical and contemporary lenses demonstrates its power to move individuals, to enable the development of groups ranging from families to nations, and to inspire events. The communication studies curriculum prepares students to engage with the world they enter as thoughtful, critical communicators and as agents of community building in a global world.

Why study communication studies?

Because effective and ethical communication is at the core of family, of human organizations of all types, and of democratic decision making.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Communication Studies offers the Master of Arts and  Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

KU Edwards Campus M.A. Program

The M.A. also is offered on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The requirements for the degree at the Edwards Campus are the same as for the program on the Lawrence campus. Edwards Campus classes are taught by the same faculty members who teach regularly in Lawrence. Courses are scheduled during the late afternoons and evenings to accommodate working professionals.

Dual-title Ph.D. in Communication Studies and Gerontology

This dual-title degree is an option available to students who have first been admitted to the doctoral program. The dual-title degree allows the pursuit of a single degree that incorporates study within a traditional discipline and training in an interdisciplinary field; the student is awarded one degree (Ph.D.) with both titles identified on the diploma (e.g., “Ph.D. in Communication Studies and Gerontology”).

This option is designed to appeal to students who are strong in a traditional discipline but also motivated to study across disciplinary lines. In the course of study, students can avail themselves of disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth. At the post-doctoral stage, dual-title graduates will have enhanced career and employment opportunities, able to claim expertise in one or both titles of their degree when seeking positions in education and research.

More information about this option, its admissions requirements, and plan of study can be found on the department website or the website of the Gerontology program.

Contact Info

Department of Communication Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 102
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-3633
http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/
Tom Beisecker, Chair
785-864-9882
Mary C. Banwart, Leadership Studies Minor Coordinator
785-864-5681
mbanwart@ku.edu

Department of Communication Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 102
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-3633
Yan Bing Zhang, Undergraduate Coordinator
785-864-9678
ybzhang@ku.edu

Department of Communication Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 116E
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-3633
http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/
Robert C. Rowland, Graduate Director
785-864-9868
rrowland@ku.edu
Tracy Russo, Edwards Campus M.A. Program Director
913-897-5652, ext. 3633
trusso@ku.edu
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