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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Communication is an essential part of human life. It affects how we relate to each other, how we achieve success, and how we view reality. It has shaped the world we live in, and it will shape the world ahead. We invite you to discover the power of communication. Contact us today, and discover how the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University can be a part of your future.

Department News

Communication Christmahanukwanzaakah Celebration's picture
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Lambda Pi Eta and Students in Communications cordially invite all Communication Studies faculty, students and their guests to a holiday celebration! It's the "Communication Christmahanukwanzaakah Celebration" on Wednesday, December 8th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Sykes Ballroom C. Join us for delicious holiday foods, exciting raffle prizes and more. Sign up for the "ugly holiday sweater contest" when you arrive. Judging by our distinguished faculty begins at 8:30. Cost is just on item from the SPCA donation list or a small monetary donation (suggested amount $5). All proceeds benefit the Chester County SPCA. Please RSVP to by December 1 to ensure we have plenty of food for all.

Earn credit for your work in student media!'s picture
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Do you work in the student media at West Chester University? Then you know just how much you can learn by getting involved in the production of media content. It's an opportunity to apply in a "hands on" way what you learn in the classroom. It's a chance to gain the kind of regular, practical experiences that help prepare you for a career in the media. Whether you're working at our campus newspaper,The Quad, our campus radio station, WCUR-FM or our campus TV station, WCU-TV, did you know that you can earn academic credit for your involvement by enrolling in COM 112, the Communication Media Practicum?

Click here for more information, or send an email to Dr. Philip A. Thompsen.

COM Alumni Tailgate!'s picture
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The Communication Alumni Task Force is holding a tailgate for alumni of our program at the last home football game of the season. WCU is playing Millersville at 1:00 on November 6th. All Communication Studies alumni are invited. Tailgating will start at 11:00 in the Health and Science Center parking lot. Food will be provided and a raffle will take place. All proceeds will go to the Student Opportunity Award Fund.Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game from the
Golden Rams Ticket Office at Farrell Stadium, or prior to the game by calling 610-436-2266. RSVP for the event by Sunday October 31st at

Students in Communication: Day Trip to Baltimore's picture
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Attention Communication Studies majors...Join Students in Communication for a day trip to Baltimore this Friday, October 22! The trip will begin with a tour of the Orioles’ facilities, Camden Yards, followed by presentations in Public Relations and Media Relations at the ballpark, private lunch in a nearby Ale House, a speaker in radio broadcasting, free time in Baltimore’s inner harbor, and finishing the day at the Aquarium. Sign up now in Main Hall 512. For more information, contact Kelly Gannon at

Grad Student Wins Top Paper Award's picture
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Communication Studies graduate student Maxine Gesualdi has taken top honors in a recent paper competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA). Maxine's paper, entitled “Ideologies of Female Identity in Erin Brockovich,” received first place in the graduate student division of the 2010 PCA Writing Competition. She will be presenting her paper at the Top Graduate Competitive Papers panel at the PCA convention, October 22-24, 2010 at East Stroudsburg University, and will be formally honored at the convention's banquet. Congratulations, Maxine!

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