Welcome to Communication Studies
Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University. Our department has over 380 students who are currently majoring in Communication Studies. We also offer a minor in Communication Studies.
There are currently 15 tenured/tenure track faculty and six adjunct faculty who teach full time in the department.
Our department also supports general education for the entire university with courses in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, and Intercultural Communication.
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:
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.