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The Department of Communication Studies offers the B.A., the M.A., and the Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies. The graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies is well-known at the regional, national, and international level for accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.

Rooted in the social science perspective, the Department of Communication Studies is committed to preparing students to be competent communicators at theoretical and applied levels. Our faculty is dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking, reasoning, and decision-making skills with the intent of empowering students to construct and deliver context-specific messages in their relational, vocational and community endeavors.


“Histories of academic departments generally have three things in common: they are written by an amateur historian who is likely to be a senior member of the department in terms of service; they do not enjoy a wide readership beyond those who were directly involved with the evolution of the department; and they are almost always dull.

There are not many examples of department histories. To be sure, there are a few, some exceptionally well done. But departmental histories aren’t exactly dropping from the trees.”

These words are drawn from the introduction of an exemplar “A HISTORY OF THE STUDY OF ORAL COMMUNICATION AT WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY” that was drafted and published by former Professor Leonard M. Davis in 1998, and is available for reading using the link below.

History of Comm Studies Book Completed-1


The faculty is nationally recognized for research endeavors. Faculty members consistently receive Top Paper honors at regional and national conventions and publish numerous articles every year in state, regional, national, and international journals. Many of these papers and articles are co-written with graduate students. Additionally, three faculty members (Drs. Melanie Booth-Butterfield, Matthew M. Martin, Scott A. Myers) have been identified as being among the Top 100 researchers in the Communication Studies discipline and three faculty members (Drs. Melanie Booth-Butterfield, Matthew M. Martin, Scott A. Myers) have been identified as being among the Top 50 researchers in the Communication Studies discipline from 1996-2001. Most recently, Drs. Melanie Booth-Butterfield, Matthew M. Martin, Scott A. Myers, Brian R. Patterson, and have been identified as being among the most prolific researchers published in Communication Research Reports during the last twenty years.


The faculty is committed to providing a quality educational experience for both undergraduate and graduate students. As such, the faculty has received a number of teaching awards that reaffirm this commitment. Moreover, several faculty members have been recognized by the Eastern Communication Association, the Western Communication Association, and the International Communication Association for their effective instruction in the classroom. In 2007, was awarded the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award and the West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award.


The faculty is heavily involved in providing service to the communication discipline. Not only do faculty members serve as paper readers, paper respondents, and Interest Group Chairs at regional and national conventions, but they serve on a number of editorial boards for multidisciplinary journals such as Communication Monographs, Psychological Reports, and Communication Quarterly, to name a few. Faculty members have served as Editors of Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Teacher. In addition, Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield has served as President of the Eastern Communication Association. Recently, served as the keynote speaker for the 2010 Maryland Communication Association annual meeting.


Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application