Department Head: Dr. Kenneth Hacker
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Moore
Main Office: Speech Building, Room 304
Office Phone Number: (575) 646-2801



The Fall, 2016 semester will soon be arriving. We have many exciting things happening in the Communication Studies Department and we look forward to you being part of them. Great things happened over the past year. These added to an already active and productive department.  Over 50% of our professors either had books published or were working on books. We had interesting and informative public research speeches delivered by faculty members. Dr. Greg Armfield spoke about the “ESPN Effect.”  Dr. Brianna Lane presented her empirical findings about Facebook friending and how it affects relational perception. Dr. Jeanne Flora discussed initial findings from our Military Family Communication Project about narrative and equine approaches to military family stress.  With the help of Dean Christa Slaton (College of Arts and Science) and Jacobo Varela (Military and Veterans Programs), we screened the movie “Fort Bliss” on Veterans Day and brought the author/director/co-producer to the audience for face-to-face dialogue about the film. Now we are all getting ready to slow down a bit, enjoy Thanksgiving, get ready for finals, and then move into the winter holidays. Come join us in the study of human communication and have fun earning your degrees.

This year, Fall 2016-Fall 2017, many more exciting things will be happening. We look forward to telling you more about them as we get them planned. For example, we will have our annual Welcoming Event outdoors near the Speech Building. There you can meet Comm Studies students, professors, and others interested in the department. You can also be advised on the spot. Will have more fascinating faculty talks about research and another special event for veterans in October;.Come back later for more details! If you would like to learn more about majoring in Communication Studies, contact me by email any time after June 1, 2016..

 — Dr. Hacker, Dept. Head

The Communication Studies department offers B.A. and M.A. degrees. Areas of concentration include interpersonal communication, political communication, organizational communication, family communication, health communication, intercultural communication and social interaction in new media and social media. Graduates with our degrees are well equipped to find employment in business or government and also to continue into master’s or doctoral studies in the discipline.

The discipline of Communication Studies is a social science that explores many areas of human social interaction including networking with social media and work collaboration done with new forms of communication technologies. Our students learn theories, research methods, analytical and critical reasoning skills as well as the practical skills of presentation and persuasion.  For information on what we think our academic programs can do for you, go to Our Goal  You’ll find information on financial aid, admissions for both undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as application forms for our graduate program, on our Admissions page.  Check on career updates and other news from our graduates under Alumni.  Parents and prospective employers: find out about the kinds of skills Communication BA and MA grads acquire by looking at Our Goals page. To find examples of jobs and/or careers held currently by our graduates, visit our Alumni page.