Department of Communication Studies

Welcome to Communication Studies!

The Department of Communication Studies is diverse and dynamic, and you can find us in our state-of-the-art facilities in Lang Hall.

We are dedicated to providing our students with a variety of experiences inside and outside of the classroom that will help them prepare for a career in a communication-related field.

Our mission is:

  • to assist students in becoming informed, responsible, creative, and critical communicators
  • to enhance student knowledge of, and skill in, the construction, interpretation, and distribution of communication in diverse cultural and global communities
  • to promote theoretical understanding and professional/personal practice of effective and ethical human communication between and within a broad range of contexts and communities.
Featured Stories

Faculty Members Win Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award
Bettina Fabos, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, and Leisl Carr Childers, Assistant Professor of History, were awarded the Interdisciplinary Public Scholarship Award from the university for their commitment to UNI and their work on FORTEPAN IOWA...

Documentary Makers Featured on IPR
A Nov. 14 Iowa Public Radio feature highlighted "Sons of Jacob Synagogue," a documentary co-directed by Francesca Soans, associate professor, communication studies, and Robert Neymeyer, historian of the Grout Museum in Waterloo. The film, which was also noted...

Radio Entrepreneur Mary Quass to Give Keynote Address at 10th Annual Fast Forward Workshop
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Ten Years of Building Career Momentum," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa, Friday, Oct. 3, in Lang Hall. Registration...