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The Department of Communication at Virginia Tech focuses on communication processes and their effects on individuals, organizations, culture, and society. Faculty and students create, distribute, and interpret messages through media systems. Students build knowledge and skills for future study and work in public relations, multimedia journalism or communication studies.

1996 Comm Alumnus wins Emmy

    Karen McNew wins Emmy

Karen McNew McGuire, 1996 graduate of VT Department of Communication,  received an Emmy award for Best News Anchor at the 56th annual National Capital Emmy Award ceremony in Silver Spring,  Maryland at The Fillmore June 18th. She is the news anchor at WSLS-10 TV in Roanoke, VA. 
The Emmy recognized McNew McGuire for a combination of anchoring, field reporting and feature stories.  McGuire was also selected to co-host the event.  

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a non-profit, professional organization serving the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC television community. The Academy's Emmy® Award is the industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence.

For the first time this year nominees were announced via Facebook.


Graduate student Lopez presents at YOVASO

    Cecilia Lopez (right)

COMM graduate student Cecilia Lopez presented at the 2014 YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, VA. “Color Me YOVASO: Your Path to Safer Driving” was the theme for the event, which prepared students and school sponsors to work in peer-to-peer safe driving clubs throughout Virginia. The retreat was organized by Sarah Obenauer, a graduate of the COMM department and current Program Development & Event Coordinator for YOVASO.


COMM Options Change to Majors!

Beginning with 2015 graduates, students will be enrolled in COMM majors instead of options.  The options in Communication Studies, Multimedia Journalism, and Public Relations will be transitioned to majors in CMST, MJ, and PR.  Students will receive a degree in Communication with a major in a particular field of study.

This change is exciting for students and for the department: 

  • Graduating students will be better able to present their areas of expertise to potential employers or graduate schools.
  • Current students can more easily describe their studies on application for internships.
  • Prospective students—incoming freshmen or transfers--will be better able to locate areas of interest on the Admissions, college, and department websites.
  • The department will have enhanced clarity in the description and promotion of the curriculum.
  • Faculty will also have more obvious connections with faculty at other institutions, whether they’re writing letters of recommendation for students or presenting at a conference.


Upcoming Events

10/13 Study Abroad Info Sessions

10/14 Study Abroad Info Sessions


Internal Transfer meetings click here for dates and times.

Visiting VT COMM-Department Sessions for Students and Families

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Featured Photo


Stephanie Dorman photos VT's "Combat on the Drillfield" wrestling event COMM major Stephanie Dorman takes photos at Virginia Tech’s “Combat on the Drillfield” wrestling practice during her photojournalism course. This was the first time the wrestling squad practiced outdoors and the event provided the students an opportunity to try their hand at photographing a sports event.