Communication Studies

Department of Communication Studies


Kirby Receives Charles Woolbert Research Award

Dr. Erika Kirby recently received the Charles Woolbert Research Award from the National Communication Association for her article, “The Policy Exists But You Can’t Really Use It: Communication and the Structuration of Work-Family Policies,” originally published in 2002 with co-author Kathleen Krone (UNL) in the Journal of Applied Research.  This award is the top research honor in the discipline of Communication Studies and awards research that has stood the test of time and has made a significant contribution to the discipline. In the 35 years that the award has been given, this is only the third time that an Organizational Communication scholar has received the award. Dr. Kirby will be honored at the NCA conference in Las Vegas, NV in November.

Student Testimonials

I decided to major in Communication Studies because it encompasses every area of life. It surrounds us through more forms and webs than we can imagine. And it not is not black and white like math or science, but it involves the grey area. It is constantly changing and always different.


I feel that I'm learning a great skill set that can be applied to a lot of different things-the Communication Studies major opens up a lot of possibilities for my future.


I'm gaining the knowledge to effectively and efficiently communicate with others and be able to apply the theories I have learned in my everyday life.

The Department of Communication Studies is a vibrant program focused on teaching, service, and scholarship. Communication courses provide a strong foundation for your education while introducing communication theory, practicing communication principals, investigating how we interact with others, analyzing how we behave when joining an organization, studying how spirituality influences communication, and considering how popular culture impacts our daily lives.


Communication Studies Mission & Values

The Department of Communication Studies prepares students to be intellectually curious, go into the world informed by Jesuit values, and contribute meaningfully to their communities and professions. Within our program, students will analyze, craft, and evaluate communication messages and understand communication as a set of everyday practices that are mindful, purposeful, and strategic. Students learn to ask good questions and find the answers about meaningful problems in our society, our workplaces and our personal lives. In our major capstone sequence, all students conduct a senior research project, complete an internship and reflect on the role of communication in their work, and connect communication with Jesuit values of service and justice. Our program offers flexibility in terms of choices of projects, service, and work experiences, giving students a chance to pursue a wide variety of occupations or graduate programs pursuant to their particular talents, callings, and interests. Our graduates are able to embrace and act on complex problems in groups, organizations, relationships, and cultures.