Welcome to the Communication Studies Department
We are delighted to announce that three of our esteemed faculty members in the Communication Studies department have been honored with the prestigious Impact Award by the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS). On May 2nd, 2023, during the NSLS Induction, Dr. Marco Ehrl, Dr. Emily Cripe (Dept Chair), and Dr. Diana Ebersole were recognized for their exceptional leadership and academic excellence. Dr. Diana Ebersole and Dr. Marco Ehrl also delivered keynote speeches for the event. We are proud to have such distinguished educators within our team!
Led by Dr. Marco Ehrl, 13 KU students were awarded scholarships from the commonwealth to participate in the Washington Center's academic seminar "Inside Washington" from Jan. 3 to Jan. 11, 2023. Our department was so excited to see that 10 out of the 13 students are majoring in either Communication Studies (COM) or Social Media Theory and Strategy (SMS).
Learn about our Major and Minor Programs in Communication and Social Media. Watch faculty members talk about their passion for communication research and teaching.
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Dr. Marco Ehrl published a government-sponsored study with a team of researchers about the role of Egyptian, Chinese, and Russian media narratives for solving Egypt's economic crisis.
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Social Media Hub ("SMASH") and Public Relations Agency ("The Agency") named Finalists in International Audio-Visual Classroom Experience Awards
Experience the SMASH in 360
Want to earn a BA in Communication Studies or a BS in Social Media Theory and Strategy? Want to add them as a minor to your program?
Explore our COM Degrees
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Explore our Minor in Performance and Storytelling
Senior Showcase Fall 2019:
Congratulations to all our showcase participants
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Senior Showcase | Fall 2019
Students discussing their posters at the senior showcase.
Tensions, Bills, and Thrills
DeSean Longino & Noel Subervi
"The Talk:" Taboo Conversations within Blended Families
Cammi Jefferson, Emily Mott, and Alexis Rodriguez
A Crisis Communication Analysis of Complications and First-Hand Accounts from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina
David Guffy & Zach Marvil
Tiger in the Dog House: The Social Demise of an Icon
Patrick Walsh and Jarrett Cole
Get Off Your Phone! Understanding How College Student iPhone Use Impacts Communicative Competence
Casey Renaud and Callum Bartlett
It-It-It's Great to Meet You: Reducing Uncertainty in Initial Encounters
Hannah A. Srock and Ronald M. Stinson
How Users Connect with Traditional and Micro-Celebrities Through Instagram Brands
Katarina Ward and Shamin Malik
#Join WITI: Bringing Life to Women in Technology International's Social Media Strategy
"He Lives Each Day in His Own World:" Adaptive and Intensive Approaches to Communication Between Caregivers and People with Dementia
Under His Eye: Recreating Black History in The Handmaid's Tale
Cyruss Quaye and Paige Klemovage
Trump's Tweets and the Creation of a Spiral of Silence
Richard Paul Carroll and David Powers