The Department of Human Communication Studies employs over twenty-five full-time faculty members and even more part-time faculty. See a complete list of faculty. Additional information includes Faculty Governance and an archive of The Speak Easy, the Newsletter for the Department of Human Communication Studies.
Dr. Gary Ruud - Advisor for students enrolled in Communication Studies undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Toya Wyatt - Advisor for students enrolled in undergraduate Communicative Disorders programs. Dr Ying Chiao Tsao - Advisor for graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in Communicative Disorders program.
Why major in HCOM?
CIOS Awards Program
This distinguished program in Communication Studies ranks among the field’s leading centers for publication of research in Debate and Argumentation, Intercultural Communication, Communication Issues in Asia, Communication Issues in China, Communication Issues in Europe, and Communication Issues in the Pacific Rim. Read more about this achievement.
The mission of the Department is to provide students with an understanding of communication processes in a culturally diverse society. An in-depth understanding of communication processes brings a number of benefits, including the ability to analyze communication barriers and the competency to facilitate effective communication between individuals, within organizations, between organizations and their customers or constituencies, and across cultures. With specialized education and training, understanding communication processes in depth can be used also to diagnose and treat disorders of communications.
The Department provides a strong foundation of theory in its degree programs, and each program gives its students the experience they need in applying theory in a variety of contexts. Knowledge and skills are developed in the classroom through the use of case study methodology and other learning strategies and through internship experiences, which allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in their eventual work settings. Some students are encouraged to pursue careers in college and university teaching and research by continuing their education at the doctoral level in the field of communication studies or communicative disorders. Finally, the department provides guidance for students interested in pursuing graduate and professional studies in fields related to communication.
Vision & Chair
Our vision is to train men and women to speak well for the purpose of solving communication problems. Chair: Robert Gass Department of Human Communication Studies CSUF Fullerton, CA 92834-6868 Phone: 657-278-3617