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Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies

We specialize in educating students for success in a wide range of careers in fields such as public relations, law, health professions, non-profit management, government and international relations, community outreach, education, human resources, event planning, and many more. Our emphasis on strong critical thinking, presentational and written communication skills provides students with the opportunity to develop and refine the qualities employers seek most. More importantly, we help students connect their interests and passions to the needs of the world around them.



The Communication Studies Major and Minor

For information about communication studies major and minor click here.


Communication Club and Honor Society The Communication Club is sponsored by ASWOU.

The Nu Phi Honor Society is sponsored by the National Communication Association's Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society.

The Communication Department is also on Linked-In and Facebook, please join and stay connected to fellow students.


Communication Studies Faculty

Dr. Molly Mayhead


Dr. Frank Nevius


Dr. Claire Ferraris


Dr. Nick Backus


Dr. Emily Plec


Dr. Paula Baldwin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Evan Evans

Adjunct Professor

William Andersen








Contact Information

Department Chair Humanities Division Office Mailing Address

Dr. Nick Backus

HSS 115

(503) 838-8851

HSS 313

(503) 838-8408 (Voice)

(503) 838-8056 (Fax)

Humanities Division

Western Oregon University

345 Monmouth Ave. N.

Monmouth, OR 97361


Communication Studies (503) 838-8851 | or e-mail: