As one of the nation’s top land-grant research universities, NC State University brings together great minds to engage students and faculty in addressing the grand challenges we face. The Department of Communication is integral to the university’s mission. We take on social, environmental, political, local and global issues. We share our findings through textbooks, journal articles, and in the public arena. Our faculty and students travel the world to share their findings that affect us all.
We seek grants and other funding that allows for graduate students to become paid research assistants on national and/or global projects.
Read about some of our research below. For more information on specific faculty research, see the Faculty and Staff page and select a faculty member’s name.
The Bonds That Heal: Studying Human-Animal Interactions
Dr. Liz Craig of the Department of Communication and NC State animal science student Leanne Nieforth are showing us just how significant our relationships with animals can be. Focusing on a horse-riding academy for at-risk girls, the scholars are documenting how human-animal interaction can serve as a powerful educator of what works and what doesn’t in a healthy relationship.
Study Highlights Link Between Social Media Use and Underage Drinking
The savvier young people are about using social media, the less likely they are to report having alcohol-related problems, according to a recent study co-authored by Lynsey Romo, assistant professor of communication at NC State. “Earlier research has shown that college student posting about and viewing alcohol on social media is correlated with health, social and academic problems related to alcohol use,” says Romo.
Experiencing King from New Angles
Visitors to NC State’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library will soon be able to immerse themselves in a landmark address from Dr. Martin Luther King’s canon of sermons and speeches. The 1960 speech, “A Creative Protest,” also known as the “Fill Up the Jails” speech, marked the first time King called for direct nonviolent action. No recordings exist of the address, however, a team of researchers led by professor of communication Vicki Gallagher has created an experience that attempts to replicate the original event.
Public Communication of Science and Technology Project (PCOST)
Dr. David M. Berube directs the PCOST project, developed to improve public communication in science and technology, including emerging and converging technologies such as nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology, neurotechnology,
geo-engineering and synthetic biology. Since 2008, PCOST has broadened its purview to include public health, safe drinking water, pests, natural disasters, climate change and human and environmental hazards and risks.
Engaged With the Community
Undergraduate Speaker Series
Lectures, panel discussions, and myriad opportunities to engage. Our undergraduate speaker series is open to the public and highlights our faculty's expertise and our students' excellence. This is a great time to re-engage with our outstanding alumni.
Our faculty and students conduct research that matters to the everyday lives of the people of North Carolina and beyond. We engage with the wider community to share what we’re learning, and to learn from each other.
Opportunities to engage occur on campus, around town, and across the world:
- Our undergraduate speaker series – formerly known as Com Week – brings students, alumni, community experts and faculty together for discussions around common themes.
- Our summer Com Camp engages teens in learning about the fields of broadcasting and television production.
- Beyond our nation’s borders, we’re engaging with partners across the globe as we study and share communication strategies about AIDS awareness and prevention in Africa. We’re also building partnerships with universities like Makerere in East Africa, collaborating on interdisciplinary research and service learning.
Communication Summer Camp
Our annual, one-week summer day camp introduces and instructs rising high school juniors and seniors to college-level presentational speaking and broadcast production. This fully authorized Pre-College Program of North Carolina State University is administered by the Department of Communication within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.