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Department of Communication Studies

The University of Minnesota's Department of Communication Studies continues a rich heritage of teaching and research that began in 1914 under the leadership of Frank M. Rarig and H. B. Gislason. Today, with 15 faculty members, about 30 graduate students, and over 600 undergraduate majors, the department pursues a wide range of interests including: the criticism of public discourse, interpersonal communication, language and gender, small group communication, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, mass media studies, feminist and African-American rhetoric, communication theory, and rhetorical theory.

Department Newsletter

The new Winter "Spring" 2014 Edition of COMMPOST is now available!


  • Professor Gross wins the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award

    Professor Alan Gross has won the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award -- perhaps the most prestigious honor that NCA bestows. Congratulations to Professor Gross!

    June 10th, 2014
  • Congratulations to our newly minted PhDs

    Lars Weise: "The Politics of Personal Information Privacy for the Facebook Age -- Towards an Articulation and Assemblage Theory of PIP"

    Sean Larson: "Rhetorical Ethics in the Comedy of Aristophanes"

    May 30th, 2014
  • Congratulations to Professor Art Walzer

    Professor Art Walzer's article, "Parresia, Foucault, and the Classical Rhetorical Tradition," won the Rhetoric Society of America's Charles Kneupper Award for 2014 for the best article published in RSQ (Rhetoric Society Quarterly).

    May 30th, 2014