About the Department

Moody Bridge
Communication Studies
Changing the world through more effective understanding and practice of communication.

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.


Department Administration

2504A Whitis Ave. (A1105)
Austin, TX 78712-0115
Phone: 512-471-5251
Fax: 512-471-3504
Email: commstudies@austin.utexas.edu

Craig R. Scott, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Jr. Centennial Professor
Department of Communication Studies Chair
CMA 7.112, 512-232-1714
Email: craig.scott@austin.utexas.edu

Jeffrey Treem, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies Associate Chair
CMA 7.122A
Email: jtreem@austin.utexas.edu

Jennifer Betancourt

Administrative Manager
CMA 7.112, 512-232-4880
Email: jenbet@austin.utexas.edu

Lisa Moseley

Sr. Administrative Associate
CMA 7.112, 512-232-4878
Email: lmoseley@austin.utexas.edu

Saúl Palomo

Administrative Associate
CMA 7.112, 512-471-5251
Email: saul.palomo@austin.utexas.edu

Graduate Program Office

René Dailey, Ph.D

Graduate Advisor
CMA 7.142A, 512.471-4867
Email: rdailey@austin.utexas.edu

Anne Bormann

Graduate Program Coordinator
CMA 7.110, 512-471-1942
Email: commstudiesgrad@austin.utexas.edu

Undergraduate Office

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Academic Advising
DMC 2.600, 512-471-1553