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Message from the Chair | Mission | Faculty and Staff | Strategic Plan | Jag Media | Awards | Statement on Diversity

Message from the Chair

The Department of Communication strives to reach just the right balance of practical, professional and theoretical experience in coursework, so our students graduate ready for the workplace. Beyond extensive academic training in their respective subject areas, most of our faculty have actual professional experience in their fields. They not only teach courses with real-world knowledge from actual industry settings, they are also valuable resources for career guidance. Our subject areas span some of the most exciting and thriving communication career choices in today’s media-saturated world. 

We offer four tracks of undergraduate study for students pursuing a bachelor's in communication: communication studies, digital cinema and television production, journalism (broadcast and multimedia), and strategic communication (advertising and public relations). Additionally, our department offers a master's degree in communication.   

We pride ourselves on giving students a great start to a rewarding professional career in communication. Become a communication expert and graduate with knowledge that will propel your career and bring success. 

Richard Ward
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication


The mission of the Department of Communication is to provide economically and ethnically diverse students with core competencies, within the context of a broad liberal arts and sciences curriculum, which will prepare them to be independent, critical thinkers who uphold the highest ethical standards as communication leaders in a global society. 

Faculty and Staff

The Department of Communication faculty are highly accomplished with a broad range of experience and expertise. Each faculty and staff member is dedicated to teaching and advising students to best suit their individual needs. Here is a full list of current faculty and staff.

Strategic Plan

To view the department of communication strategic plan, click here. 

Jag Media

Jag Media is the student media group of the University of South Alabama under the direction of the Department of Communication. Jag Media includes The Vanguard newspaper, Due South magazine, JagTV and WJGR 97.1 The Prowl. All media is student-operated and open to all currently enrolled students regardless of major. Click here to learn more about Jag Media. Click here to learn more about Jag Media.


The Department of Communication awards recognize the achievements and accomplishments undergraduate and graduate students have made academically, departmentally, scholarly and creatively. Click here to see the latest student awards. 

Statement on Diversity

The Department of Communication is committed to preparing students to work in a diverse society. As such, our classes will include lectures and activities which promote an awareness of and sensitivity towards difference of race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age and disabilities. Such an environment will contribute to the growth and development of each member of the class, as it will encourage students to embrace diversity as a positive aspect of learning and scholarships.