The Department of Communication is one of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. It offers a comprehensive student experience bringing together all facets of contemporary communication, including a unique blend of five distinct majors: Advertising, Communication Studies, Digital JournalismElectronic Media & Broadcasting, and Public Relations.  The Department of Communication combines history, theory, and philosophy of communication with applied, real-world industries and experience.  Our department strives to excel in delivering the best in education, where the humanities, sciences, and technologies meet. The department’s award-winning faculty offer hands-on experience in the world-class Beasley Media Complex, serving as the hub for WASU radio, , and AppTV. Graduates work in a wide range of positions in media, corporate, agency, government and nonprofit organizations. 


Learn more about recent accomplishments and accolades.


Staff at The Appalachian
Members of The Appalachian student-run news organization received 21 national college media awards at the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention, held online Oct. 14-16, 2021.


Logan DiFrano
Logan DiFranco (they, them, theirs). Double major in PR and Journalism. Graduated in May of 2020. Logan was accepted to the MPhil in Sociology (The Sociology of Media and Culture) at the University...


David Jackson
Jackson to return to App State broadcast booth for ESPN+ telecasts.

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Karolyn Martin app state alumni of Communication Studies

Karolyn Martin

For the second year in a row, a Mountaineer has been crowned Miss North Carolina! Congratulations to Karolyn Martin '22, who succeeds Carli Batson '22...

FAA Dean Shannon Campbell

Communication Kicks off their Diversity Speaker Series with FAA Dean Shannon Campbell

Real Voices. Real People. A Real Good Conversation. Dean Shannon Campbell (College of Fine and Applied Arts) keeps it real as she shares her thou...

Dr. Shanshan Lou- Associate Professor in the Department of Communication

App State Communication Faculty elected for Prestigious 2022 UNC System Faculty Fellowship

Shanshan Lou, Ph.D., associate professor of Communication-Advertising at Appalachian State University has been selected as one of three fellows f...