Communication is a universal human experience that lies at the heart of our social interactions, relationships, politics, and culture. We study its processes and systems to get a better understanding of how people relate to each other and the world around them. 

1 of 39 U.S. programs offering PRSA certification
600 Students in the department
17:1 Student-faculty ratio
36 Dedicated faculty members
What Is a Degree in Communication Studies?

Our major offers preparation for careers in business, politics, human services, management, law, education, and ministry. You will engage in critical thinking, developing and presenting effective messages, analyzing and solving problems, managing conflict, and establishing and maintaining relationships.

Why Study Communication Studies Here?

We house award winning faculty and a flexible curriculum designed to provide you with a liberal arts background and strong career oriented coursework. Focusing on the dynamics of human communication, students learn to be persuasive communicators across a variety of contexts. 

Beyond the Classroom

Undergraduate Research and Independent Study


Talk to a professor about designing your own research project or investigating a topic that interests you. You'll work closely with a faculty mentor to plan a course of action, discuss your findings, and write a report. You can also participate in field study where you assist a faculty member with their research project or volunteer as a study participant

Undergraduate research in Communication Studies


Get Experience

By working in the field, you'll earn job experience and learn more about communication in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to explore potential career paths and network with communicaiton professionals.  


Study Abroad

Come With Us

We host an annual faculty-led study abroad experience at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The program includes a one-credit course in Blacksburg during the spring semester and two weeks of study in Switzerland, with online course components during the first summer session after you return from the trip. 

Study Abroad

Faculty Mentors


Our faculty has a mix of industry professionals and teaching and research scholars. Whether your interests are in a career as a communications practitioner or going on to get a Ph.D., we have a mentor for you. Our list includes anchors and news directors, a producer for HGTV, niche specialities like sports broadcasting, and experts on rhetorical theory, political communication, and the psychological effects of video games. 

Faculty Mentors
What Our Students Are Saying

"Communication studies provided me with the flexibility to have two minors and tailor my coursework to my interests. During college I was able to apply what I was learning in my program to courses I took in other departments and in campus leadership roles. I have excelled in graduate school in part because of critical and analytical skills I developed through the communication studies courses."

— Anjelica Smith, BA '14, M.A. expected '16

Careers and Further Study