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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 15 faculty members, about 30 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.

Application Deadline for Undergraduate Awards is 3-15-15.

Department Newsletter

The new Winter 2015 Edition of COMMPOST is now available!


  • Congratulations to our newest PhDs

    Dana Schowalter: "Philanthropy as Gendered Global Governance: Philanthrocapitalism, Branded Citizenship, and the Selling of Corporate Social Responsibility"

    Shannon Stevens: "'Revolution in the countryside': Shifting Financial Paradigms Amid the Rhetoric of the 'Farm Crisis,' 1925-1933"

    July 31st, 2014
  • Professor Gross wins the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award

    Professor Alan Gross has won the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award -- perhaps the most prestigious honor that NCA bestows. Congratulations to Professor Gross!

    June 10th, 2014
  • Congratulations to our newly minted PhDs

    Lars Weise: "The Politics of Personal Information Privacy for the Facebook Age -- Towards an Articulation and Assemblage Theory of PIP"

    Sean Larson: "Rhetorical Ethics in the Comedy of Aristophanes"

    May 30th, 2014