Communication Studies

Communication Studies

What’s Unique about Communication Studies at UNCG?

  • Service learning and community engagement are central features of our curriculum.
  • Communication Studies majors with a 3.0 GPA may go abroad the spring semester of their junior year to participate in the intercultural studies program. Other study abroad opportunities also are available.
  • The faculty strongly believes in the interdisciplinary nature of communication, and this curriculum encourages elective hours to be taken in allied disciplines such as African American studies, anthropology, media studies, theatre, business, English, history, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, women’s studies, and gender studies.
  • Classes are up-to-date through faculty research:
    • Moral Engagement in Public L ife, Dr. Sharon Bracci
    • Organizations and the New Economy, Dr. David Carlone
    • African American Communication and Identity, Dr. Cerise Glenn
    • Conflict Dialogue and Positive Communication, Dr. Peter Kellett
    • Critical Inquiry in Service Learning, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic
    • Intercultural Identity and Voice, Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi
    • Communication and Health/ Food Policy, Dr. Marianne LeGreco
    • Women’s Public Speaking, Dr. Elizabeth Natalle
    • The Dark Side of Family Communication, Dr. Loreen Olson
    • Autoethnography, Family Stories, and Family Secrets, Dr. Chris Poulos
    • Voices of the Holocaust, Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Activities

  • Lambda Pi Eta: the official Undergraduate Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association

Student Opportunities

Internships and service learning opportunities typically involve (but are not limited to) work in the following contexts:

  • Public relations/marketing organizations
  • Political campaigns and interest group activities
  • Relational and family communication processes
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community centers
  • Government
  • Television, radio, and print news offices


Graduates are employed throughout the United States in corporate communication, human resources, public relations and marketing, sales, promotions, special events planning, management, non profit work, training and development, and the ministry. Examples include the following:

  • Director of marketing, the Lost Colony, Manteo, N.C.
  • Vice president, public affairs and media relations, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., Chatham, N.J.
  • Vice president of development, Holy Cross Hospital, Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Sports information, University of Tennessee
  • Managing director, Blowing Rock Stage Company, Blowing Rock, N.C.
  • Captain and pilot of a major airline 747, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Executive vice president, Golin Harris Communications, Evanston, Ill.
  • Career services coordinator, National Center for Paralegal Training, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Sales administrator, O. Henry Hotel, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Attorney, office of the public defender, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Associate editor, O. Henry magazine
  • Marketing manager, Our State magazine
  • Consultant, More Than Marketing
  • Manager, L’Oreal
  • Assistant marketing director, JBL
  • Technical recruiter, TEK Systems
  • Teacher, Guilford County Schools
  • Coordinator of homeless ministries, Grace Community Church
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Communication Studies

102 Ferguson Building


Department Head:
Roy Schwartzman

Available Curriculum


Communication Studies


Common Interests

Global Studies
Government & Politics
Social Justice