About Our Department
In the Department of Communication Studies, we learn about communication in human relationships. We study communication in relationships that are as intense as marriage and families, as large as political communities, and as involving as the workplace. Our students go out into the world prepared to think about how communication works in a wide range of contexts, and they are ready to improve communication wherever they may find it.
Our History and Our Students
Communication Studies has been an organized department since Edwin Shurter was appointed an associate professor of oratory at The University in 1899. Today, the Communication Studies Department has approximately 700 undergraduate majors and 185 minors, 70 graduate students, and over 30 teaching faculty.
We offer both a Communication Studies major and minor, and our majors can choose from three tracks: corporate communication, interpersonal communication, and political communication. Students can supplement a flexible set of course options with internships, opportunities to work with our teaching and research faculty, and various student clubs/events—including our award winning speech and debate programs. Upon leaving The University, our majors enter the teaching, corporate, and public service ranks ready to take what started here and use it to change the world.
Our graduate students are a diverse set of scholars from across the globe who are pursuing a masters or Ph.D. These students conduct original research, frequently teach and/or assist undergraduate classes, and participate actively in various scholarly events. Many of our students publish scholarly articles and most deliver papers at professional conventions. Our students take a wide range of research-related positions in industry, government, and higher education. We have also just started a new stackable certificate program for master’s students in Strategic Communication.
In December, 2004, the Times of London reported a reputational study which placed the University of Texas as 15th in the world's top universities. Of all the universities listed in the top 15, the University of Texas is the only one with a Communication Studies Department.
In the June 1999 issue of Communication Monographs, the University of Texas was listed as one of only two schools with five faculty members as part of the 100 most prolific journal authors in communication journals since the inception of the field. We were also 3rd in the nation in the number of times our faculty's research has been cited in journals.
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Craig R. Scott, Ph.D.
John T. Jones, Jr. Centennial Professor
Department of Communication Studies Chair
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Jeffrey Treem, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies Associate Chair
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Sr. Administrative Associate
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