We’re one of the largest departments on campus, with an average yearly count of 750 undergraduate majors and some 70 full- or part-time graduate students.
And while being big has its advantages, we maintain a small-school feel: you’ll get plenty of individual attention in our intimate classroom settings; you’ll have one-on-one advising with caring, knowledgeable advisors; and you’ll be part of a vibrant community where curiosity, creativity and a spirit of adventure are fostered and encouraged.
World Class Faculty
vMLK Project: 60th Anniverary of “A Creative Protest”
Victoria Gallagher immerses community members in one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most iconic speeches at NC State's James B. Hunt Library.
Our award-winning faculty are phenomenal teachers. They’re also researchers who are changing how we approach the challenges that arise when two people – or many cultures or multiple nations – attempt to communicate. Here are just a few examples:
- Joann Keyton works at the intersection of communication and organizational culture.
- David Berube studies risk communication, especially related to climate change and environmental issues.
- Lynsey Romo looks at how people communicate (or don’t) around difficult topics such as finances, weight management and alcohol.
- James Kiwanuka-Tondo researches health communication campaigns with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS.
Undergraduate and graduate students conduct research alongside these and other outstanding faculty.
Our students are wired to jump in with both feet. Whether they’re undergrads creating videos or doctoral students creating mobile apps, they’re curious, problem-solving, forward thinkers. They take on complex, nuanced topics and help the world make sense of it all.
Swimming in New Waters
Natalie Labonge, a junior majoring in Communication and Spanish, studied abroad in Spain during Summer 2015. A member of NC State's Women's Swimming Team, she was determined to mesh her academic interests with her busy athletic schedule.
Student Combines Research, Internships and Study Abroad
Cody Davidson is a recent Communication graduate with minors in Business and English. He held a Communication internship with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, studied abroad in the Netherlands, and was an Educational Psychology Research Assistant. He looks forward to a career in public relations or marketing.
Our alumni have started nonprofits – like Wine to Water, that provides clean water in third-world countries, or Handbands of Hope, that boosts the morale of young girls undergoing chemotherapy while raising money for cancer research. Our alumni direct or produce movies. You work in public relations, or run the entire PR firm. You’re sportscasters, news anchors, bloggers, campaign directors and journalists. You are our movers and shakers. Our message makers and strategists. You create and inspire. We could not be more proud of you.
Danielle Deabler Brings Next Generation of Listeners to NPR
Deabler is NPR’s director of audience engagement and new ventures. Generation Listen is her strategy to woo millennials, a potential audience of 75 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 34. Like Deabler, many of them were introduced to NPR as “backseat babies,” strapped into a safety seat in the family car.