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Communication Department
Rachel Pokora, Department Chair
Smith-Curtis 330F
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 465-2391
rpokora [at]

Communication Studies Degrees

At NWU, you’ll see why “communication” and “community” are so closely related. NWU Communication Studies majors are a tight-knit group.

Join classmates and professors for “Comm Lunch” every Friday to share the week’s adventures. Mark the beginning of the school year with the annual Wesleyan Communication Association picnic, and gather at professors’ homes for learning, eating and celebrating. Stay connected with students and alumni through the NWU Communication Studies’ active Facebook page.

NWU Communication Studies is more than food and fun. Coursework will prepare you to realize your personal and professional aspirations. Explore the world around you by studying intercultural communication, organizational communication, media and more.

Get amazing results.

You will graduate with at least 100 hours of internship work in communication. (Many of our majors double that total.) Internships are a great opportunity to discover what you love as you learn from professionals in the field.

Several NWU communication courses further your experience by integrating service learning projects. Use your communication skills to work with Lincoln’s many refugee communities. Help English language learners build literacy skills or connect with local nonprofits and schools.

Our alumni’s successes in careers like public relations, sports marketing, music promotions, management, social services, law and human relations reveal the versatility and value of your NWU communication degree.

Communication Studies faculty

NWU Communication Studies includes professors with a wide array of interests and expertise, ranging from health communication to social movements, dialogue to mythology. Two professors even partnered to deliver a recent TEDx talk in Lincoln on happiness.


  • Communication students presenting research method projects

    Students impact local nonprofits through communication research

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  • Zach Baumann teaching

    Pre-law advising course enables students to explore legal career

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  • An FBI agent and an NWU communication professor urge us to dig deeper for truth.

    FBI agent & communication professor urge us to dig deeper for truth

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  • Elizabeth Rivera, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

    Junior among 20 U.S. students selected for Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

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  • Rachel Pokora

    Professor honored for encouraging students to study abroad

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  • Damion Waymer, WCA/Lambda Pi Eta Communication Lecturer

    Visiting scholar talks marginalization and discrimination

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  • Dave Whitt, 2018-2019 Exemplary Teacher

    Professor named Exemplary Teacher

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  • U2 Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Research takes student, professor to Northern Ireland for U2 Conference

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  • Karla Jensen

    Professor earns national recognition for cutting-edge curriculum

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  • The US-UK Fulbright Commission has selected Danielle Anderson for the Fulbright Summer Institute, which will send her to London in July where she will study media, art, design and business in addition to working on global and leadership skills at the Univ

    Fulbright selects first-year student for UK summer institute

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A Unique Opportunity

Political Science and Communications Studies double major, Samantha Mareno ('18), had the unique opportunity to participate in the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) with the Peace Corp. Now she serves as a Peace Corp volunteer in Fiji.