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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies

Contact us

In accordance with WWU's response to COVID-19, the department office is currently closed for in person services. You may reach us by emailing We thank you for your patience and understanding, as we do our best to respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.

Beginning September 16, 2020, our office staff will be available by phone and email Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Visit updated information on the university's Coronavirus response here.

Our Mission

We focus on the centrality of human communication for understanding our relationships, our communities, and ourselves. Our teaching, scholarship, and service nurture inclusive discourse, critical thinking, and cooperative solutions in a diverse global community. We offer opportunities to develop communication skills and explore communication theories within a rigorous liberal arts program.

Our Strengths

Our major program prepares students to speak and write proficiently, think critically, apply communication concepts competently, work cooperatively in small groups, and reflect on ethical dimensions of their actions. We focus on interactive learning in a high quality communication studies curriculum. We assist planning so that students effectively manage time to graduation. We emphasize carefully guided, performance-based learning characterized by a low student-to-faculty ratio in the classroom. And we offer the opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized forensics program.

Faculty and staff encourage a sense of community. We engage with students to support their wellbeing and success. Through the talents, intellectual curiosity, and versatility of our diverse faculty we have established a strong intercultural and global orientation. We provide General University Requirement courses that are crucial to the university’s undergraduate communication education, and our communication theory and applications courses also instruct other majors. We are committed to community partnerships for strong service-learning and internships, and we serve the citizens of Washington in progressive communication instruction.