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.


WASU FM wins 2021 Appalachian Image Award


Karolyn Martin app state alumni of Communication Studies
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 in representing our state. Read more about...


Dr. Thomas Mueller
Three members of the Appalachian State University Community have been awarded W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallions in recognition of their efforts to provide campus leadership for students.

Latest News

Gregory Perreault from Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication publishes research on how rural news sources report on issues involving hate.

App State Professor Publishes Research on Rural Journalists Reporting on Hate

Gregory Perreault from Appalachian State University's Department of Communication publishes research on how rural news sources report on issues involv...

WASU-FM 50th Anniversary

WASU 50th Anthology Available Now

1972 - 2022 and still rockin'!Be sure to grab your copy of our veritable time capsule chronicling five decades of the nation's bes...

Noah Cornelius (right) Interviews Kaz Grala

App State Student Works Toward his Dream of Becoming a NASCAR Broadcaster

Electronic Media/Broadcasting major Noah C Cornelius combined multiple opportunities to gain skills needed for a career in motorsports broadcasting&nb...