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About the Department

Match your message to your medium at TCNJ. Choose from three specializations— public communication and mass media, radio/television/film, or interpersonal and organizational communication—and earn an outstanding education. Our program integrates deep conceptual knowledge with strong practical experience, through close collaboration with faculty mentors whose influence stretches from scholarly research to creative media production. The result? Students do more than master the technical skills of the discipline—they learn to think critically about the way messages are created, conveyed, and consumed in modern society.

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Recent News


  • April 28, 2016

    Communication Studies majors were among the winners at this year's Campus Moviefest.

  • April 12, 2016

    Damien Chazelle, writer/director of the Academy Award-winning film “Whiplash,” visited TCNJ on March 28 to conduct a master class for Communication Studies students interested in pursuing careers in the film industry.

  • March 24, 2016

    The Department of Communication Studies proudly presents the Fall 2015 issue of 'The Roar'.

  • March 23, 2016

    Partly due to its close proximity to The College of New Jersey, TerraCycle has become a prime destination for Communication Studies students who wish to broaden their classroom experiences through company internships.

  • February 24, 2016

    On February 19, 2016, the Department of Communication Studies hosted its first Spring ’16 Brown Bag seminar in the Mayo Concert Hall. The distinguished guest speaker was Bob Mauro, President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), who discussed changes in the television industry over recent decades.

  • February 25, 2016

    This spring, the Department of Communication Studies at TCNJ has four new adjunct instructors who have all built successful careers in communication and marketing fields. Adjunct instructors offer our students unique learning opportunities, and the relationships students build with adjunct instructors help open doors for internships or careers with locally headquartered corporations and organizations.

National Leader

Student achievement earns us kudos as the #1 undergraduate communication studies program in the nation. The National Communication Association, bestowing the award in 2013, singled out close faculty mentorship and the success of our students in scholarly research, professional projects, and national leadership.

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Distinguished Faculty

Our professors are distinguished researchers and filmmakers who guide students through each step of the scholarly and creative process. With their faculty mentors, students have co-authored research papers presented at academic conferences and collaborated on all phases of film and video production, including writing, directing, and producing.

Pathways to Success

Students apply classroom learning to practical experience: producing programs for Lions TV, filming a documentary on a public health issue, or conducting research on political campaigns or family dynamics. Graduates leverage these achievements into success at big-name companies (NBC, Cinemax, HarperCollins) and top-notch grad schools (NYU, UCLA, Johns Hopkins).

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