The Communication Studies program at K-State prepares graduate students for highly successful careers. We excel in preparing students for careers in research and teaching. Several graduates of the program have contributed greatly to the communication field. Below are profiles of three recent K-State alums who are exemplars of the Communication Studies graduate program.
From the meeting, these themes emerged:
- Adapt curriculum and skill-sets to emerging careers
- Connect students to alumni for internship and job opportunities
- Create and promote opportunities for alums and industry to invest in significant departmental projects
To better prepare students to use their communication skills beyond college, the Department of Communication Studies offers a wide array of learning experiences that occur outside the formal classroom that include internships, research projects and study abroad programs. Additionally, students can participate in one of the three nationally ranked academic competition teams housed by the Communication Studies Department. The K-State Debate, Forensics and Mock Trial teams all earned national acclaim for outstanding performances during the 2013-2014 season.
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…
Undergraduate seniors in communication studies researched, wrote and presented an extensive detailed thesis for Senior Colloquium taught by Dr. LeAnn Brazeal and Amanda Bouc. Over thirty seniors, listed below, presented their thesis for a panel of Communication Studies professors.
-By Joe Koehle
The 2012-13 debate season was filled with many successes for the Wildcats. The team is led by a new coaching staff comprised of head coach Joe Koehle and assistant coach Martin Osborn. Both new coaches bring big time experience to Manhattan, having previously coached at the University of Kansas and Wake Forest, two of the most storied programs in college debate.
The Department of Communication Studies offers a variety of communication areas of study tailored to fit individual interests.
Read the stories of four alumni of Communication Studies who have achieved great success in their respective fields.
“I have a question,” interjects an attorney before the judge issues a ruling on the objection, “can we exclude expert witnesses from sequestration under rule 615 by using rule 703 governing expert testimony?” The judge pauses reflectively at the question posed by the attorney, a faint glimmer of pride shining his eyes. The attorney, a 19 year old communication studies major from Kansas State University, the judge an attorney from Kansas City and one of the coaches for the Kansas State University college mock trial team.
By Megan Molitor
Boldly stating an opinion in a courtroom of legal professionals may sound intimidating, but Brooke Larson was doing exactly that when she was just a sophomore at Kansas State University — and never looked back.
Larson earned a degree in communication studies with an emphasis in legal communication in December 2011; however, her K-State education began with a little experimentation. After exploring as an open option major, she tried out pre-dental, finance, marketing and public relations before finding a home her junior year in the department of communication studies.
Larson became interested in legal communication after her sophomore year, when she began volunteering for the Sunflower Court Appointed Special Advocate Project Inc. in Manhattan, known as Sunflower CASA. CASA is a national program, and the local branch serves children in Riley, Clay and Pottawatomie counties.