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


Ahmed Dadzie wins Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence

College of Arts and Sciences 

Communication Studies MA student Ahmed Dadzie received the Spring 2017 Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence. The award is presented to a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences who exemplifies exceptional academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and service to the NMSU community. Ahmed is a Spring 2017 graduate of the Communication Studies MA program. 


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

Communication Studies Department

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

Communication Studies Department

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.


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