February 03, 2014

Speech Communications department has new name

The Department of Communication Studies is the new name for what was once the Department of Speech Communication. The change went into effect Jan. 13. 

The change reflects the diversity of the specializations in the department, and it brings the department’s name in line with the name used by similar programs at other universities.  Overall, the name change will also help the department market itself to potential students. 

“We are pleased to move forward with our new name,” department Chair Nathan Stucky said.  “Communication Studies is a term that can help students understand that we do more than just public speaking -- public speaking is just one aspect of our program.” 

Stucky explained that the name change is effective now; however, the name of the degree earned through the department will not change until the summer 2015 semester.