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Department of Communication Studies

The University of Minnesota's Department of Communication Studies continues a rich heritage of teaching and research that began in 1914 under the leadership of Frank M. Rarig and H. B. Gislason. Today, with 12 faculty members, about 50 graduate students, and over 600 undergraduate majors, the department pursues a wide range of interests including: the criticism of public discourse, interpersonal communication, language and gender, small group communication, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, mass media studies, feminist and African-American rhetoric, communication theory, and rhetorical theory.

Department Newsletter

The new Winter "Spring" 2014 Edition of COMMPOST is now available!


  • New Faculty Publication

    A new essay of Annie Hill's "Demanding Victims: The Sympathetic Shift in British Prostitution Policy," in Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (Samantha Majic and Carisa Showden (eds.), U of Minnesota Press, 2014).

    April 10th, 2014
  • Doing Rhetoric Conference Saturday April 27th

    The University of Minnesota's Communication Studies and Writing Studies departments proudly invite you to our first annual conference titled "Doing Rhetoric at the U" on April 27, 2013, at the Weisman Museum.

    Our inaugural question, "What does it mean to 'do rhetoric' at the University of Minnesota in the 21st century," is an invitation extended to faculty and graduate students interested in rhetoric from all department to showcase their current research and create new pathways of collaboration across campus.

    With keynote addresses from top scholars in our field and a remarkable selection of 20 papers we begin a crucial conversation with far-reaching implications about our status at the U, our role as scholars, and our impact on the world around us.

    For up to date information, check out the conference page at

    April 24th, 2013
  • Selmer Birkelo Scholarship Winner: Mariah Mousel

    Congratulations to Mariah Mousel. Mariah is a Communication Studies major and one of only 14 students in the College of Liberal Arts to receive a Selmer Birkelo Scholarship (up to $4000) for next academic year.

    April 16th, 2013

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