Message from the Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies! Whether you are currently enrolled in one of our programs, or exploring your options, I hope that you will find helpful information here on our web site. As you explore, you will discover who we are, what we do, and why we do it. And, I hope, you will also find good reasons to join us (or stay with us) on this fascinating quest.

There is nothing on this earth more fascinating than the study of human communication. Meaning making is a complex, continuous, collaborative, dynamic process. Sometimes, we are transported into a world we could hardly imagine as we engage in deep listening and active dialogue with friends, loved ones, and colleagues. Sometimes a great speech will take us to soaring heights of understanding and even epiphany. Sometimes we are like ships passing in the night, hardly even understanding one another. And sometimes, we crash into each other like rams on a hillside, embroiled in conflict, with no apparent exit!

Friends, families, work groups, organizations, communities—we study them all, and all offfer endless opportunities for study, sense making, and intervention. All of this action, and more, will confront you as you engage in your studies. And, at the end of it all, you will not only have a lifelong quest ahead of you (as you come to understand and engage in various forms and practices of communication), you will also find yourself equipped to succeed in a wide variety of fields and careers.

As you will see, we offer B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication Studies. If you are a current student, please use this site as a resource designed to make your life easier and to help you make the most of your time with us. If you are thinking of joining us, please explore at your leisure, and feel free to contact me (or any one of our dedicated faculty or staff) with any additional questions you may have. If you are an alumnus of our program, please connect with us. We would love to hear how you are doing.

All the best,

Christopher N. Poulos, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
115 James S. Ferguson Building
(336) 334-3840

P.S. You can also find helpful information from the Department of Admissions.