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.
Since its inception, the department has grown to be one of the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences, consistently attracting hundreds of majors while also offering core curriculum courses that satisfy behavioral inquiry and oral communication requirements. Our students highly value both the instruction and future preparation that they receive from our faculty. Our faculty members consistently receive national recognition for their teaching and research. News media, civic organizations, and scholars from around the world regularly seek out the expertise of the communication studies faculty at USD.