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The Department of Communication Studies has been a pioneer in speech and communication studies since 1912, offering MA and PhD programs, as well as a dual degree with the Graduate School of Social Work.

Our program takes full advantage of Denver's stature as the Colorado capitol, offering students excellent opportunities to study public discourse and communication ethics, as well as interpersonal and family communication dynamics, and intercultural communication.

The graduate program in communication studies seeks to identify the ways in which we can better understand who we are as members of cultures, groups and families; examine and critique ideologies and structures that constrain our contact with each other; identify ways to deliberate and reach just decision in public, organizational and personal contexts; and create the means for dialogue and collaboration in instances of conflict and struggle. This mission is realized through three distinct but overlapping areas of emphasis in which students can specialize: Culture and Communication, Interpersonal and Family Communication, and Rhetoric and Communication Ethics.