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Are you an undergraduate looking for advising in the department?  Please see Mr. Kent Filbel

Are you a graduate student needing advising?  Please see Dr. Bryan McCann


Professor Patricia Suchy Wins Prestigious Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association

Learn more About Dr. Suchy's award on our News Page!

Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies promotes and engages in the study of human communication. Established in 1928, we are one of the oldest communication departments in the nation.

We offer BA, MA, and PhD degrees. Our programs equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be sophisticated, effective, and ethical communicators in their communities, workplaces, and everyday lives. Our goal is to prepare students to successfully address the increasingly complex communication challenges in our global and diverse world.

Graduates of our undergraduate and graduate programs have found positions in a variety of communication-related careers including but not limited to non-profit organizations, law and politics, the arts, entertainment, academia, journalism, communication training and consulting, social justice and equity advocacy, speech writing, business, public relations, education, sales and marketing, and human resources.


An Announcement from the Chair:

The Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University acknowledges that the traumatic events surrounding the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests stem from institutionalized and systemic racism and that our students and colleagues of color face racially-motivated injustice on a daily basis. We stand united with them and our larger community to build a more equitable, tolerant, and just world. We reaffirm our commitment to create learning environments that value difference, encourage critical and compassionate communication, and model anti-racism.

Tracy Stephenson Shaffer, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Communication Studies

Roadmap to Fall

Fall semester and on-campus instruction began on August 24. LSU is following all CDC and state safety guidance. 

Please check the "Roadmap to Fall" website for:

  • Return to Campus Form
  • COVID 19-Protocol
  • Guidance on How to Report Positive Test Results or Exposure
  • Information and Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff
  • Roadmap to Fall 2020 PDF
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Roadmap to Fall