What's New:

The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.




Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.

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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!


Featured Student

Kynslee Shepherd
Just a little under four years ago, I received my acceptance letter from Bloomsburg University. Within the past month I received a second acceptance letter from Belmont University congratulating and welcoming me to their Master of Sport Administration program. This acceptance could have not been made possible without the foundation that Bloomsburg University has given me, and in part I owe a huge thank you to the Communication Studies Department. When I was a freshman, I had not a clue in the world what I wanted to pursue professionally, and I bounced between a few different majors until finally declaring Communication Studies. The foundation and guidance that classes and faculty have given me are abundantly appreciated. I see the skills and knowledge that I have developed being a crucial part leading into this next step of my education. After I complete graduate school, I hope to find my place in the professional sports world, hopefully in an Operations position or Fan Development. My goal is to become to become an Athletic Director for a powerhouse Division I University.

Department Faculty

James T. Petre, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim PetreJames T. Petre, Ph.D. joined the faculty in fall 2014. Dr. Petre received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication with a specialization in Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He enjoys teaching courses such as Persuasion, Examining Communication, Public Speaking, and Honors Public Speaking.

Dr. Petre’s primary research focus is rhetorical theory and criticism, particularly related to politics and economics. His dissertation, Realignments of doxa in U.S. American politics: Tracing the rhetorical histories of Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama used the lens of doxa to examine how U.S. presidential candidates create and respond to shifts in basic assumptions regarding the proper role of government. He recently published an article that provided the initial framework for his dissertation in the Iowa Journal of Communication. Dr. Petre has also presented at and served as a reviewer for several conferences including the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). Last year, he served as the Chair and Program Planner for the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism interest group for the CSCA conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Petre serves the university community in a variety of capacities. He is currently chairing the Communication Studies Program Review Committee, and serves on the Curriculum and Planning and Assessment Committees for the Department of Communication Studies. He is also a member of the Bloomsburg University Safety Committee, and the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Enhancement Committee. Additionally, Dr. Petre serves as a Faculty Advisor for Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society, and as a Faculty Co-Advisor for the Personal Money Management Club, which is a new student organization on campus.