Department of Communication Studies

Welcome to the homepage for the Department of Communication Studies at Marshall University. The Communication Studies Department offers a variety of courses and major concentrations which are designed to provide current knowledge, cognitive abilities, and competencies in communication.

The concentrations prepare graduates for various communication roles and functions in personal life, organizations, and society.

The Department of Communication Studies is home to the nationally successful Marshall University Speech and Debate Team, the Thundering Word.

Interested in meeting other Communication Studies majors and minors while interacting with the community? Check out the Communication Studies Student Club.

Syllabi for the Fall 2018 Semester and other forms can be found on the Resources page.

Communication Studies New Faculty

Meet our new assistant professor, Dr. Julie Snyder-Yuly. Dr. Snyder-Yuly joined the faculty in August 2018 to teach the digital communication courses. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah, her M.S. from Iowa State University, and her B.S. from University of Iowa. Prior to coming to Marshall, she was a lecturer of leadership studies at Iowa State University where she taught various leadership classes, business communication, directed the LAS Dean’s leadership seminar, and was the primary adviser for the leadership program. Her research examines issues of gender, race, and class, digital communication, and critical cultural studies. Her digital communication classes will be part of the Digital Humanities program at Marshall and she will serve on their advisory board and member of the DH faculty learning community. Outside of academia, she paints, does stain glass, and makes jewelry. She is also a proud cat mama. Currently she is teaching the 103 Introduction to Public Speaking course and this spring she will be teaching Introduction to Digital Communication (CMM 255), Qualitative Methods (CMM 605), and Public Speaking (CMM 103). Stop by her office at 246 Smith Hall and say hello as she would love to get to know the faculty, staff, and students at Marshall University.