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, Electronic Media & Broadcasting, Journalism 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, The Appalachian student news service, 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


Alex Patti
Alex Patti, 2015, COM Studies. Alex Patti, now an Instructor of Communication at Sandhills Community College, was awarded the Monica Pombo Early Career Teaching Award at the Carolinas Communication...


Dr. Jiangxue (Ashley) Han
Dr. Jiangxue (Ashley) Han, an assistant professor of public relations in Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication, was recently selected as a Kopenhaver Center...

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Dr. Shanshan Lou

Dr. Shanshan Lou named 2022 UNC System Faculty Fellow

UNC System Academic Affairs,  and the Office of Digital Learning, is pleased to announce the selection of the 2022 UNC System Faculty Fellows....

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The Appalachian student news organization receives numerous accolades at national level

Members of The Appalachian student-run news organization received 21 national college media awards at the ACP/CMA Fall National College Medi...

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The Appalachian

Members of The Appalachian student-run news organization received 10 national college media awards at “Connect 2021,” the Spring National College ...