The Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies, housed in The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service and to diversity in thought, action and participation.

Our academic discipline traces its origins to the rhetorical  traditions of Greece and Rome. In the twentieth-century, Communication Studies became an interdisciplinary field of study, encompassing both humanistic and social scientific approaches to human communication issues and practices in a broad range of public, interpersonal, and cultural contexts. Whether developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships, providing leadership for groups and organizations, or fulfilling the responsibilities of public citizenship and service, communication competence is central to a rewarding personal, civic, and professional life. Thus, Communication Studies prepares students to excel in whatever careers they choose by teaching them to think critically, to express and advocate ideas effectively, and to understand and appreciate the diversity of human communication practices.

Commitment to Cultivating Diversity

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama is committed to working towards a more just and equitable world by confronting discrimination and creating space for diverse voices and perspectives in our department, our college, our university, our community, and our discipline.

Symposium on Diversity

Each year, the College of Communication and Information Sciences hosts a regional diversity symposium, in which the Department of Communication Studies faculty and graduate students actively participate.

The day-long symposium showcases interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity on all aspects of diversity. The symposium provides a space to have difficult dialogues and honest conversations about topics and issues of difference that are often silenced. While the theme of the symposium changes each year, the objective of the event remains the same.

Past symposium themes include: GLBTQ issues, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Black males, the politics of diversity and visibility, Black women’s voices and lives and more.

This regional event welcomes submissions from scholars, performers, researchers and students across the nation. For more information or to submit a proposal, contact Dr. Robin Boylorn.



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Whether you’re considering one of our programs, looking to partner with our faculty, or simply want to know more about what we do in the Department of Communication Studies, we’re happy to schedule a time to meet with you virtually or in person. Fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch soon.