Communication Studies provides theoretical, analytical, and practical knowledge for students who seek to become professionals in areas like public affairs, public relations, social media, law, management, human resources, diplomacy, marketing, political campaigns, and health care persuasion. Our courses provide students with the tools to communicate effectively and create important changes in interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, political, and technology-mediated contexts. Our students get to solve common communication problems in relationships, organizations, and other areas. We offer both Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees, as well as minors in Communication Studies and Communication and National Security. The Department of Communication Studies is dynamic, thriving, and ready to accept new majors. Come see where a degree in Communication Studies can take you!


Department Head: Dr. Kenneth Hacker
Email: khacker@nmsu.edu
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Moore
Email: clm@nmsu.edu
Main Office: Speech Building, Room 304
Office Phone Number: (575) 646-2801
Fax Number: (575) 646-4642



Department News


Helping the Community through Experiential Learning

Communication Studies Department

Mike Halliwell’s Spring 2017 Persuasion Theory class is developing persuasive campaigns to raise money for local charities. Read more about their experiential learning projects here. 



Merj Hemp is Passionate about Making a Difference

Communication Studies Alumna is successful author, motivational speaker, and community engagement specialist

After graduating from NMSU, Merj created the Complicated Conversations Post-9/11 Project, a self-funded program in which she engages members of different communities in difficult conversations about the most pressing issues facing Americans and people around the world today. Among her most notable accomplishments are her Let’s Talk (It’s Time America) podcast and her #jump4thevets skydiving events.


S.P.A.C.E. (Spreading Peace and Countering Extremism)

Communication Studies Department

Dr. Hacker’s Fall 2016 Political Communication class developed a social media campaign to educate others on the importance of engaging in peaceful communication and being proactive against violent rhetoric towards immigration. Check out their promotional video and be a part of the S.P.A.C.E Movement!



Center for Communication Development (CCD)

Speech Building, Room 327

Through the CCD, the Department of Communication Studies graduate assistants offer students individualized tutoring with communication skill development and course assignments. Students can visit the CCD Monday-Thursday for assistance with speech preparation and managing speech anxiety.


NMSU Welcomed Award-Winning Native American Musician 

In Fall 2016, NMSU hosted HARVEST: An evening of song, dance, and ceremony with Robert Mirabal.

Mirabal, a Pueblo musician from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, is a two-time Grammy winner and a world-renowned Native American flute player. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Music, and the Military and Veterans Program

Video by Michael Vigil