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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.

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Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

Welcome to
Communication Studies

Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University. Our department has over 350 students who are currently majoring in Communication Studies. We also offer a minor in Communication Studies.

There are currently 20 tenured/tenure track faculty who teach full time in the department.

Our department also supports general education for the entire university with courses such as Introduction to Communication Studies, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, and Intercultural Communication.Faculty

Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017



Get to know our faculty:

Dr. Shavonne Shorter

After receiving her bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland, Dr. Shavonne Shorter went on to pursue her Master's and Doctorate from Purdue University in Indiana. Going into her 3rd year of teaching at Bloomsburg University, Dr. Shorter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Teaching 4 classes per semester in the Organizational Track, Dr. Shorter is passionate about helping students stay involved, reach their goals, and leave a legacy that will positively impact the Bloomsburg community. For example, in her class Communication For Business Professionals, students work with local businesses on various projects, ranging from marketing, social media, and rebranding, that allow students to get real world experience and client feedback on their communication skills.

Extending her reach beyond the classroom, Dr. Shorter inspires her students, colleagues, and peers with her involvement on in academia and campus . Dr. Shorter is continuing her research that attracts minority students to the professorate. She is the project manager for The Inclusive Future Faculty Program, a program that pairs underrepresented minority students with underrepresented minority faculty, in an effort to help them think more seriously about becoming professors themselves.

Dr. Shorter is passionate about her students and giving back to the Bloomsburg Community. She advises the National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC), which is the first introduction she had to on campus organizations.

"NCASC is the first club I took on as an advisor, and to watch it develop, grow, and positively impact the community under President Kate Armstrong makes me proud."

Along with Dr. Eric Miller, Dr. Shorter is a coach of The Fredrick Douglas Debate Society.

"They are a fantastic group of individuals who are committed to social change through debate. It is really exciting to sit in a meeting with them and hear their debate skills take shape and form."

Up until this year, Dr. Shorter has also been an advisor to the organization Ladies First, a group of young women dedicated to uplifting and encouraging female students.

When asked "What is your favorite part about the Communication Studies Department or Bloomsburg University culture in general?" her response truly reflected her love and dedication to this university, and everything that encompasses the collegiate atmosphere.

"The people. It has to be the people. I have such outstanding students. Every day I wake up excited to get into the classroom. Excited to see how they will process the information and material, and to watch how they understand it from a unique individual perspective. I have fantastic colleagues. I love to pick their brain about what we are all working on, or even just what is going on in the world. Bloomsburg University is overall just a great place to be."


Get to know our students:

Stephanie Bouffard

For junior Stephanie Bouffard, Communication Studies has opened up a career path that incorporates everything she wants in her dream job: education, advocacy, and philanthropy.

"I aspire to educate others. Not so much on the topic of special education itself, but to educate others with special needs. I want to advocate for them, and be the voice both for those who have the inability to speak, whether that's due to their disability or suppression."  
Although she just declared a Special Education minor during the Fall 2016 semester, Stephanie noticed the integral part that communication plays in classes outside of the major. Each experience and situation requires a unique application of communication.

"Even though there are so many differences between my major and my minor, I also find commonalities between the two.
Beyond just the people, it's the commonality for advocacy. I find it very inspiring to see the passion both the Communications Department as well as the Special Education Department both have when it comes to advocacy, both in public and behind the scenes. "

For Stephanie, other students within Communication Studies played a significant role in why she decided to join this major.

"Listening to stories about how their major is used in their everyday lives was important to me, it was something I was looking for, too."

With career aspirations to campaign for individuals with exceptionalities or special needs, Stephanie also plans to take classes in the Leadership and Public Advocacy track, offered through her major. Focusing on campaigns, public policy, and rhetoric, Stephanie will have the opportunity to build skills and gain exposure to resources that will help her reach her goals. Impacting people every day, Stephanie is involved on campus and volunteers her time to help numerous organizations.

"In terms of what I see myself doing in the future, I would love to be a motivational speaker, campaign worker, or running a specific organization that would expand other's knowledge on the backlash of individuals with special needs, as well as campaign for the ones who are underrepresented."

In the upcoming months, Stephanie hopes to get an internship with an afterschool program to work with children with special needs, but until then, she will continue her advocacy through organizations at BU, and in her local community.