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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


Dr. Tracy Stephenson Shaffer and doctoral candidate Laura Oliver are honored at the National Communication Association Performance Studies Division business meeting.  Read more on the LSU Department of Communication Studies Facebook 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

LSU Monitoring Coronavirus 

Update Posted:
June 26, 2020

The campus began Phase 2 of its Return-To-Work Plan for employees on June 9. The campus remains closed to all those not part of Phase 1 or 2. Phase 3 postponed due to spike in cases.

Please check the "Coronavirus Updates & Information" site for:

  • Changes to the Fall Academic Calendar
  • Phase 2 Information
  • Phase 3 Information
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  • Information and Resources for Students, Faculty & Staff
  • Messages to the LSU Community

Coronavirus Updates & Information