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.


Rylan O'Connor Award
App State senior Rylan O’Connor, of Raleigh, is set to graduate in May, earning his bachelor’s degree in electronic media/broadcasting and a minor in leadership studies.


ASU Alumni in the WASU Studio
App State alumni came back to campus on Oct. 27-28 to take over the WASU radio station during the Alumni Takeover.


RiverRun International Film Festival 2021
Fog Likely Farm: An Appalachian Story directed and produced by Fine & Applied Arts faculty members Anne Ward (Communication) and Chip Williams (Commercial Photography) is the official selection...

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