A communication degree can take you anywhere -- strong communication skills are needed everywhere. Come study with the best communication scholars and practitioners.
Communication students practice NC State’s Think and Do axiom each day. As a student here, you’ll test – and improve – your interpersonal communication skills. You’ll study and put into practice the theories and methods that lead to meaningful results. You’ll conduct research and engage with faculty and fellow students on projects, some with local impact, others that could change the world. And along the way, you’ll gain invaluable experiences and knowledge that will prepare you for a career as a proficient communication professional.
Undergraduates can choose from three areas of concentration: public relations; communication media; and interpersonal, organizational and rhetorical communication.
Master’s level students gain advanced, intensive training in communication theories and methods that you can apply from day one.
Doctoral students in our interdisciplinary Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media (CRDM) program analyze the social, cultural, rhetorical, philosophical and political dimensions of information technologies, media and texts and graduate ready to apply their expertise in government, corporate or educational settings.
Explore Our Programs
Bachelor of Arts
Choose from three concentrations: Communication Media; Interpersonal, Organizational, and Rhetorical Communication; and Public Relations.
Master of Science
Students prepare to address complex communication issues from a strong, theoretically grounded and methodologically driven perspective.
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Research Into Lean Stigma Gives Undergrad New Insights
Through undergraduate research, NC State communication major Lauren Ray is helping provide insight into how formerly overweight or obese individuals navigate those social barriers. Working as a research assistant with faculty mentor Dr. Lynsey Romo, Ray aided in a study examining the interpersonal challenges of lean stigma and the communicative strategies people use to manage those threats.
Communication Alum Promotes Papa John’s Around the World
Edmond Heelan tries his best to resist, but the 1990 communication alum winds up eating pizza two or three times a week. It’s hard to fault him. As a Papa John’s executive, it’s part of his job. Heelan, 48, is senior vice president of North American Operations and Global Operations Support and Training for Papa John’s, the third largest pizza chain in the country.
The Scoop on Dog Poop: Grad Student’s Research Informs the Public
Clodagh Lyons-Bastian is well aware of the dog poop conversation in Raleigh. After noticing more and more of her neighbors lamenting about unpicked-up poop, she decided to research attitudes and behaviors around dog waste removal while earning her master’s degree in communication this year. Now the recent graduate and public speaking lecturer is sharing her findings, both with area residents and a municipal advisory board, to help create a cleaner city.
How Public Communication on Water Reclamation Can Save Money, Resources
One of the tools that can help the U.S. make efficient use of its water supplies is water reclamation — but utilities and water managers have sometimes struggled to deal with public perceptions of reclaimed water. An interdisciplinary team of NC State researchers including communication professor Andrew Binder has developed techniques to help utilities make informed planning decisions.
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Sep 8, 2017
NC State Student Announced as PRSSA Regional Ambassador
Ryan Will, a junior majoring in public relations, has been proudly announced by The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) as one of 15 Regional Ambassadors to serve on the national level.
Jun 14, 2017
Leadership in Public Science: Meet Jean Goodwin
Jean Goodwin, a professor in NC State’s Department of Communication, has done research in a variety of areas — often aimed at understanding how people can share information effectively, even when they disagree.
Dec 6, 2016
Alumni Bolt to the Top
From tailgating on Trinity Road to running an award-winning public relations and social media management agency, President and Founder of Bolt Public Relations Caroline Callaway and VP Jo-Anne Chase both started their impressive journeys at NC State just 16 years ago.