Welcome to the Fall 2017 Semester!

Welcome, new and returning students!  We have a lot of exciting courses and activities in the planning stages for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. Keep track of what’s happening in the department by visiting our website and checking out our Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages. We will be adding a YouTube channel soon.

For those Comm Studies students who are excelling in their work, I am proud to announce that we are starting the Alpha Chi Rho chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta honors society this year. This Fall will also bring interesting guest speakers, fun events, and many opportunities for you get to know your fellow students and professors better. If you are getting your undergraduate degree in Comm Studies, I also encourage you to consider our new accelerated Master’s degree.

Finally, rooms 247, 249, and 251 in the Speech Building had makeovers this summer — new furniture, tables, paint, glass panels, and carpet. Thanks to Heather Watenpaugh (NMSU Architect) Ron Tarazoff (Project Manager) for their fantastic help on this. Additionally, the new park just outside of our building is now open. It’s a great place to rest and socialize between classes!

Have a great new semester and academic year. Look out for our Welcoming Event in August!

Dr. Hacker

Professor and Department Head

About Communication Studies:

Communication Studies focuses on the complex role that human communication plays in everyday life. Our courses provide students with the tools to make sense of and respond to communication processes in interpersonal, organizational, political, intercultural, and mediated contexts. In today’s increasingly global, mediated, and diverse workplace, studying communication and learning to communicate effectively are more important than ever. Thus, our program prepares students to excel in variety of careers in our ever-changing world. 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





Dr. Eric Morgan Co-Edited Recently Published Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

Dr. Eric Morgan, along with colleagues Dr. Tema Milstein and Dr. Mairi Pileggi, recently co-edited a volume of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, an important resource for helping educators, practitioners, and students effectively navigate and consciously contribute to the communication shaping our environmental present and future. Read the editors’ interview with Routledge here and learn more about the book here.






Comm Studies Establishes Undergraduate Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta 

The Department of Communication Studies established the Alpha Chi Rho Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta during the Fall 2017 semester.  Learn more about the organization here



Comm Studies Alum Shared her Insights from the CDC

Michelle Johns (BA, 97; MA, 99) is as a health communication specialist for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s office in Atlanta, GA. On September 21st, she discussed her expertise related to health communication and persuasion, as well as her work on the successful National Tobacco Education Campaign entitled Tips From Former Smokers. Michelle credits much of her professional success to the lessons she learned in the Department of Communication Studies at NMSU.



S.P.A.C.E. Project Featured in the Las Cruces Sun-News

Department of Communication Studies

The S.P.A.C.E. (Spreading Peace and Countering Extremism) Project, developed by Dr. Hacker and his Political Communication students, was featured in the Las Cruces Sun-News in June and on KRWG radio in May. Learn more about the S.P.A.C.E. Movement here!


Helping the Community through Experiential Learning

Department of Communication Studies

Mike Halliwell’s Spring 2017 Persuasion Theory class developed 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.


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.