Kansas State University


Department of Communication Studies

Department of Communication Studies Circa 2012

For 150 years, a version of Speech/Speech Communication/Communication Studies has been taught and researched at Kansas State University. This past June, we enhanced that tradition by becoming an independent Department of Communication Studies.

One reason for this upgrade is growth. Today, we are the academic home to more than 125 undergraduate and graduate students and 12 full-time faculty members…

Together we study communication and rhetoric in organizational, political, legal and relational contexts. The Communication Studies Department has been expanding, in part, because of a focus on student development. For instance, our classes generally are limited to 25 students, faculty advise students from day one through graduation and we proudly support nationally competitive debate, forensics and mock trial teams.

We have ambitious plans that align with the K-State goal of becoming a top 50 research university by 2025. One aspiration is for every Communication Studies major to have a high impact learning experience by participating in our 1) research practicum, 2) internship program, 3) competitive teams, or 4) study abroad.  These programs provide opportunities to apply knowledge and hone skills that are invaluable 21st century competencies for professional success and personal development.

The next time you are on-campus, please stop by Nichols Hall 129 to see our space and visit with our faculty/staff. I would love to share my supply of loose leaf tea over a conversation about your connection to this department. You can keep up with our happenings on Facebook.

Best wishes,

Tim Steffensmeier

Head, Department of Communication Studies

Nichols Hall 129


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