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

Director Changfu Chang to Screen Documentary on International Adoption
An 18-year-old Asian woman, born in China but raised in the U.S., embarks upon an emotional journey as she navigates the conflicting worlds of two cultures.  The film Ricki's Promise, a documentary written, directed, and produced by Changfu Chang,...

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...