Communication Studies


aculty and students in the Department of Communication Studies mutually explore the creation, transmission, reception, and understanding of messages in order to appreciate more fully human communication in all its forms. The study of the social, political, and cultural functions of communication in varied environments ranging from interpersonal and public settings to mediated and global contexts develops capacity for the reflective examination of symbol use. The specific focus of our discipline on messages and meanings has long situated communication studies as pivotal in the liberal arts tradition and has established a central place for Communication Studies in the personal, professional, and civic lives of our students, faculty, and alumni.

Consistent with the College's mission and the strategic plan, Communication Studies course offerings are a vital part of the general education program and reflect an emphasis on theory, research, and real-world practice. Through research, presentations, field work, independent study, internships, international study, and community engagement, students are encouraged to expand the boundaries of the classroom and apply and enhance their understanding of communication through practical community-based experiences and work.

Our department's strategic mission is to provide the best possible liberal arts communication studies education to meet the needs of students and society. Through sharing our expertise in communication with our college and our communities, students and faculty in Communication Studies enact our commitment to civic engagement, social justice, and leadership. 

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Mark BraunProfessor507-933-7368
Pamela ConnersProfessor507-933-7541
Patricia English-SchneiderAssociate Professor507-933-7372web
Martin LangAssociate Professor507-933-6899
Phillip VoightAssociate Professor507-933-7369
Hagar AttiaAssistant Professor507-933-6897
Sarah Wolter ’02Assistant Professor507-933-7365
Breena BrockmannVisiting Assistant Professor507-933-7346
Jules WightVisiting Instructor507-933-7366
Jane ChouanardAdministrative Assistant507-933-7414
John BraunProfessor Emeritus