Welcome to the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. We are the largest department in COLFA, with over 800 students and 25 full-time faculty. We specialize in Communication Studies with concentrations in Public Relations, Digital Communication and Health Communication at the undergraduate level.

We also have an expanding MA Program with over 40 active graduate students, with enrollments growing annually. Our graduate faculty specialize in a wide gamut of research areas such as:

  • Interpersonal/Small Group Communication
  • Intercultural/International Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Digital Communication

We house the nationally-ranked UTSA Debate Team, and the first National Advertising Competition (NSAC) Team at UTSA. Our students are involved with campus life through several other registered student organizations led by our passionate COM Faculty as their advisors including: PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society), AAF (American Advertising Federation), AWC (Association of Women in Communication), and Story-Tellers at UTSA.

Come join us and learn about the exciting world of communication!

Charles Mahood


Charles "Chad" Mahood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor



Student Success in Communications

The students and alumni of the UTSA Department of Communications achieve remarkable things both during their time in the program and after graduation. Each student contributes uniquely to our department, leaving an indelible mark on our community. Our pride in these extraordinary individuals extends far beyond their tenure with us!

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Kaitlyn, Digital Communication Specialist for Gonzaba Medical Group

I graduated with a degree in Digital Communication with double minors in Film Studies and Professional Writing. I am currently a Digital Communication Specialist in the marketing department at Gonzaba Medical Group. I have had the experience of designing billboards for campaign initiatives, tactics for the major dances the company holds for the community, and experiencing what it is like to be on a real-life commercial set for the production of the commercials that are airing right now. My job consists of graphic designing, website updating, and video production.
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Ian, Media Manager at KLRN

I graduated in 2009 with a BA in Communications with a minor in Japanese.  Since graduating, I am now the Community Engagement & Media Manager for KLRN.

Friends of Communication

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July 18, 2024

Earth Connection Film Festival to Be Hosted by Jessica Eise

The Earth Connection Film Festival, set to take place on July 20, 2024, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Indiana, aims to inspire innovative solutions to the climate crisis through the power of storytelling. This festival blends science and the arts and is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Students involved with the Center for Dialogue & Deliberation

May 15, 2024

New Center for Dialogue & Deliberation opens

Drs. Laurie Lewis and Sara DeTurk, both of the Department of Communication, led the effort to establish the Center for Dialogue & Deliberation (CDD) as an official UTSA Organized Research Unit, approved April 24, 2024, by the Deans Research Council (DRC).

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March 16, 2023

UTSA professor explores spirituality as a way to fight climate change

Despite decades of public messaging about the effects of climate change, there continues to be a struggle with motivating action. In an effort to see some movement, Jessica Eise, an assistant professor of social and environmental challenges in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts’ (COLFA) Department of Communication, is diving deeper into how spirituality interconnects with the environment, specifically climate change.

Have an inquiry about our program?

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Communication and extend our warmest welcome to you from the Department.