About Us

USD's Department of Communication Studies has a vibrant community of scholars who are active in many facets of our campus.

History of Communication Studies at USD

  • Founded in 1982 by Dr. Larry Williamson with the goal of strengthening the existing "Speech Arts" emphasis in USD's formerly named Department of Fine Arts
  • By 1984, there was a Communication Studies minor
  • With the help of Dr. Linda A.M. Perry, USD created the Communication Studies Major in 1986
  • Two years later, Dr. Roger Pace joined the department, and played a fundamental role in developing the curriculum of the new major.

Over the past two decades, the department has grown, consistently attracting the largest number of majors in the College while also offering general education courses in communication concepts and skills. Our students highly value both the instruction and future preparation that they receive from our faculty. Our faculty consistently receives national recognition for their teaching and research, and the news media, civic organizations and scholars from around the world regularly seek our expertise.