Building Skills for Success

We communicate for many reasons and in many ways, and through many different channels. As complex as the subject of human communication is, there’s one concept with which everyone agrees—effective communication is a powerful tool at home, at work, in life. Effective communication will enhance your success.

Communication Studies majors and minors take courses that include all aspects of message exchange—relationships, families, organizations, politics and culture. In this program, you’ll work with faculty who are experts in their areas, in classes kept small to encourage interaction among students and faculty.

The Communication master’s program is ideal for working professionals, with evening and weekend classes offering flexibility. UNC's M.A. emphasizes communication theory and rhetorical theory plus the application of theory to a professional career of your choice.

Beyond the Classroom: Global Communication

Last summer, nine UNC students traveled with Thomas Endres, professor of Communication Studies and director of the School of Communication, to Barcelona, Spain, where they lived and studied international communication.

The group stayed in apartments with views of the city's most famous icon -- the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) -- the famed spired church that's been under construction for over 100 years, and is slated to be completed in 2026.

Endres said the trip included classes held twice a week, along with walks down the famed La Rambla (the city's tree-lined pedestrian mall), ghost tours in the ancient district, multiple museum visits, a boat tour, an authentic Andalusian dinner and Flamenco show, and restaurants both good and bad.

The group also spent a day at the Tibidabo Amusement Park atop Barcelona's highest mountain peak, took a tour of the 1992 Olympic site, enjoyed train trips to visit Spain's wine country and spent time on the beach along the Mediterranean Sea.


Grad Spotlight: Casey Fogel

 Casey Fogel

Casey Fogel sustained a brain injury when he fell from his mother's arms as a toddler. As a result, countless teachers and doctors warned him that his motor skills were irreparably damaged and he would be lucky if he even graduated high school.

Fogel put aside those doubts as he graduated from UNC with his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Communication Studies in 2014. He went on to enter UNC’s graduate program for Human Communication.

"I used the negativity from the experts to fuel my fire," Fogel said. "I wanted to silence my critics. I wanted to prove them wrong. So I studied even harder to make my dreams come true."

As an undergrad, Fogel was active on campus, serving as a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda and as the vice president of public relations for the Students Honor Council. He also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Fogel, from Austin, Texas, says he wants to be a public speaker. He plans to use his own experiences and knowledge of psychology to debunk the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses.

News and Announcements

The UNC School of Communication recently rebranded the popular conference Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery as the Society for the Academic Study of Social Imagery, which will now be hosted at UNC. The call for proposals is now open. The 2017 theme is the image of rebirth.

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The communication studies program recognized outstanding students at the 2016 College of Humanities & Social Sciences Honors Convocation on April 10. Congratulations to Communication students Alex Becker, Katelyn Cahn, Aaron Ellingson, Molly Gress, Ashley Liska, Sarah Manson, Nicole Okada, Ryan Spinosa, Ashley Stich and Nathan Underwood. 

The School of Communication hosted the 30th annual Rocky Mountain Communication Association conference on April 9. UNC Alumnus, Phillip K. Tompkins, was presented the Award for Communication Excellence. Presenters at the conference included School of Communication faculty members Lin Allen, Kelley Raisley, James Keaten, Charles Soukup, Thomas Endres and Sherilyn Marrow.