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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

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On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Department of Communication Studies will be holding our second annual graduate program alumni panel and showcase. The event will be held in the Philips Autograph Library from 6-8 p.m. The panel will highlight different ways graduates from our M.A. program have used their degree in their career paths. After the panel presentation, we’ll open up the floor for discussion and questions. It’s a great chance to reconnect, to network, and to hear about how others’ careers have developed since earning their master’s degree from our program.

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Dub C is going to Dublin!

The Comm Studies Department announces a new course in Irish media that will be held in the second summer session (July), 2013.

The course will examine the past, present and future of media in Ireland, from the oldest newspapers to the latest internet innovations, all related to the country's capital. The course will include guest lectures from some of the leading media academics and professionals in Ireland, as well as tours of the city's most important historic and media-related institutions. We'll visit the European headquarters of Google, meet with the editors of The Irish Independent newspaper, get a private tour of the General Post Office (where the Irish revolution began), and visit the Guinness Storehouse, where we'll talk with the advertising manager for one of the biggest consumer products in the world.

An information session on the course will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00 in Main 403. For additional details, please contact Dr. Edward Lordan at

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Interested in communication studies-related jobs? Join PRSSA (the Public Relations Student Society of America) for their first meeting of the term to find out more about work in public relations, advertising, marketing, and media studies!

WHEN: Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 413 Main Hall
WHAT WILL HAPPEN: You'll learn about the programs PRSSA is planning for the year, and hear from Heather Read, our chapter's professional advisor, who will explain how the DuPont Company employs SOCIAL MEDIA in their communications plan!

Questions? Contact PRSSA's president, Angelique Caraballo at
Bring a friend!

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West Chester Community Television (WCCTV: Channel 33 Verizon) has been up and running since March, 2012 and is the product of a partnership between WCU and West Chester Borough. The channel currently offers announcements, news feeds, and some original programming with plans to air WCU athletics starting in Fall 2012. The channel is available for those who have Verizon cable in West Chester, East Bradford, East Goshen, Thornbury, West Goshen, West Whiteland, and Westtown.

The biggest benefit to the station is the opportunities that it provides to students in Communication Studies and across the University. Students are currently working with Dr. Michael Boyle - Faculty Coordinator to the television station - to air the home games for WCU football and basketball with additional sports to be added in the future. In working with the station, students have the opportunity to take on the different roles in the production process and gain firsthand experience both behind and in front of the camera.

Such opportunities are invaluable to students who are interested in pursuing careers in television & video production, journalism, and other related fields. Students who would like to be involved in the station should contact Dr. Boyle at

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