What We Do
Communication is central to the ongoing processes of culture and society and, thus, is vitally important to study. The field has a rich and diverse foundation of specializations, ranging from public address to critical and cultural studies to interpersonal and small-group communication to organizational communication to intercultural and international communication to performance studies.
Faculty members participate actively in regional, national and international associations and organizations, focusing on communication and human relations, communication training and development, communication and cultural studies, and communication and social justice. Several serve in leadership positions in professional associations.
As part of a learning-centered University, the department supports several service learning projects that involve students in the community, such as the Communication for Youth Institute. The department also has a nationally competitive Speech and Debate Team, an active Performance Ensemble program and a vibrant student Communication Association.
Communication majors take advantage of internship opportunities at a wide variety of businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley regions.
Academic advisement is an important experience for students. Undergraduate students may seek advisement from the department staff advisor. All full-time faculty are also involved in undergraduate advising. Students may contact any full-time faculty member during office hours for assistance. Graduate students may seek advisement from the department graduate coordinator. For any additional questions, please call or email the department.
Professionals in all career paths generally find a background in communication studies rewarding, as there are communication needs in every field. Graduates find employment in various fields, such as human relations, education, business, law, media industries, entertainment, marketing, advertising, government, performance art, social and human services, the ministry, international relations and management.
The Department of Communication Studies at CSUN is a member of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), the National Communication Association (NCA) and the International Communication Association (ICA).