About Us

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. 

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Our offices and most of our classrooms are in Winston Hall at 2301 Hillsborough Street on NC State's North Campus.

World Class Faculty

Faculty Spotlight

Kiwanuka-Tondo Named Carnegie Fellow

James Kiwanuka-Tondo will help review curricula at Makerere University in Uganda through a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship.

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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, sexuality and alcohol.
  • Victoria Gallagher is bringing Martin Luther King’s “Fill Up the Jails” speech from 1960 to life for new audiences.

Undergraduate and graduate students conduct research alongside these and other outstanding faculty.


Outstanding Students

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.  

Accomplished Alumni

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.