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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.

Department of Communication to Welcome 125 New Freshman Majors in Fall 2015

    Students on campus in Fall

The Department of Communication will welcome 125 new freshman students as majors, the largest freshman class in six years, this fall.  Across the department’s three offered majors, 56 percent are in communication studies, 33 percent in multimedia journalism, and 11% in public relations.  (Many students, however, do change between these three specific majors within the department after arriving at Virginia Tech.).

There are also 63 internal transfers into the department from within Virginia Tech beginning in Fall 2015 with 52 percent in public relations, 32 percent in multimedia journalism, and 16 percent in communication studies.  In addition, 41 new transfer students from other schools will be joining the department with 61 percent in communication studies, 20 percent in multimedia journalism, and 19 per cent in public relations.  In total, the 228 new students represents one of the largest incoming major classes in the department’s history.

Smith selected to 2015 Governor's Fellows Program

Anjelica Smith, a rising second year M.A. student in the Department of Communication, was selected to participated in the historic and prestigious Virginia Governor's Fellows Program for Summer 2015.   Established in 1982, the Governor's Fellows Program brings exceptional students with creative ideas to state government — an experience that often leads to careers in public service.  Participants are placed in different positions in the Governor's Office and in various agencies throughout the Executive Branch. Governor’s Fellows are chosen based on demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and service.  Anjelica is currently working as a member of the communications staff for the Office of the Governor.   As a VT Communication undergrad, she held multiple positions in the SGA, and continued that service for the Graduate Student Assembly as its secretary for the 2014-15 academic year. 

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Denton Elected to Serve on VSU Board of Visitors

    Robert E. Denton, Jr.

Department of Communication Head Robert E. Denton, Jr., has been elected to serve as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of Virginia State University’s Board of Visitors during the coming academic year.  This will be the third year of serving in that capacity for Denton.  Denton also serves on the VSU Research Foundation Board and on the school’s Presidential Search Committee.

Upcoming Events

VIDEO: 2015 Dept of Communication Commencement

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Wyatt Andrews visits Robinson's Digital Newsroom class CBS News National correspondent Wyatt Andrews visited the Communication Department's Digital Newsroom class Monday, April 6, 2015. Andrews shared some advice with Multimedia Journalism students about how to be successful as a news reporter.