Welcome to the
Department of Communication Studies

Our department offers five undergraduate concentrations and two graduate tracks. The undergraduate concentrations are: Human Communication, Intercultural Communication, Media Studies, Public Relations, and Rhetoric. The graduate tracks are: Communication Studies and Integrated Marketing Communication.

Students explore problems in diverse media (platform conference, print, radio, television, film, and computer-mediated communication), settings (family, industrial, professional, and governmental) and contexts (intercultural and international). Our graduates enter careers in business and industry, government and social services, education, media production, broadcasting, public relations, sales, marketing, writing, personnel, advertising, and training, to name a few.

Our program encourages students to:

  • learn to apply theoretical/critical communication perspectives in everyday life
  • demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between communication and culture
  • set and evaluate ethical standards for communicative behavior

Department of Communication Studies
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
Phone: (909) 537-5815
Fax: (909) 537-7585
Email: Linda Sand

Communication and Media Literacy Symposium
Thursday, April 24th

Schedule of Events:
10:-11:50  Alumni Panels for Public Relations, Human and Organizational Communication and Media Studies (very informative for students, helps prepare for the job search process)

Noon-1:50  Award ceremony and reception/luncheon

2:00-3:50  Keynote presentation by Mike Wesch, an internationally known speaker on digital media and education

Comm Connection - online student magazine for the Department of Communication Studies

Summer Teaching Opportunity (not affiliated with the university; must have BA completed)

Recent Events:

  • Congratulations to coach Biggerstaff and the debate team for being named Tournament Champions (1st place) in the Novice Division of parlimentary debate and for taking 3rd place in the Varsity Division at the Tournament of the Great West this March.
  • Undergraduate senior, Jacqueline Vargas, interned in Washington, D.C. and made the local news.
  • Dr. Heisterkamp will be presenting co-authored research with colleague Dr. Yoshimura (University of Montana). Their paper, "How We Talk about Work and Family: Work-Family Memorable Messages and Stories with Co-Workers" will be presented at the Western States Communication Association's conference in Anaheim, February 16-17.
  • Dr. Hundley will be presenting co-authored research with graduate student Alumnus Leah Katona Ransom. Their paper is entitled: "Irreconcilable Differences: Feminist Interpretations of The Bride in Kill Bill" and will be presented at the Western States Communication Association's conference in Anaheim, February 16.
  • Congratulations Dr. Heisterkamp for being elected as the Western States Communication Association 2nd Vice President! He will be serving the association during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Congratulations Donna Gotch for being elected to the Western States Communication Association Legislative Assembly! She will be serving the association during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Heather Hundley was selected as the Western States Communication Association's Executive Director. This is a three year term and begins July 2014.
  • Dr. Popescu and co-author Lemi Baruh publish the chapter "Trapped in My Mobility: How a Principle of 'Control over Communicative Interaction' Can Guide Privacy by Design in Mobile Ecosystems" in the book Research and Design Innovations for Mobile User Experience.
  • Dr. Popescu is recognized by her alma mater. For more, see UPenn's newslink at http://www.asc.upenn.edu/newslink/Fall2013/ClassNotes.aspx
  • October 5, Dr. Popescu delivered a keynote address at the Inland County Paralegal Association convention on "Social Media and Ethical Risks: Using Social Media Responsibly"
  • Dr. Muhtaseb attended an International Conference entitled: Performance In/And the Public Sphere in Morocco June 1-4, 2013. She presented on the Arab Spring, Social Media, and the New Public Sphere and was interviewed. Her paper was selected as published conference proceedings.
  • Dr. Popescu presented internet literacy across cultures at USC last September
  • Dr. Popescu co-authored a journal article: Popescu, M. & Baruh, L. (2013). Captive but mobile: Privacy concerns and remedies for the mobile environment. The Information Society, 29(5).
  • Undergraduate student Nataiie Bedney is honored as the Department of Communication Studies' Student Commencement Speaker
  • Department of Communication Studies 2012-2013 Awards:

Amy Wassing - Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Emily Edris - Outstanding Graduate Student
Bethany Richardson - Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate

Concentration Awards:
Linda Evan - Mass Communication
Brianna Moreau - Human Communication
Michel'le Jones - Public Relations

Coyote Chronicle Award
Isabel Tejada and Mathew Bramlett

Coyote Debate Award
John Evelyn-Veere

Media/Video Production Award
Ben Christopher David Delemos

  • Kati Russo received a Gold Award from the California Film Awards
  • Graduate Student Elena Martinez was awarded the 2012-2013 College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Dr. Heisterkamp awarded the 2012-2013 College of Arts and Letters for Outstanding Service
  • Dr. Popescu awarded the 2012-2013 College of Arts and Letters for Outstanding Professor
  • Undergraduate student Romulo Mena received top awards at this year's San Bernardino Valley College Film Festival for "Best Cinematography" and "Best Editor"
  • Dr. Bradford Owen is the co-founder and co-Director (wht English Professor Dr. David Marshall) of the new CSUSB London Summer Program. Dr. Owen will teach a British Cinema version of HUM 180: The Art of Film and do his best to facilitate an unforgettable experience for 16 CSUSB undergraduates as they live and study in London for 4 1/2 weeks this summer.
  • Dr. Owen was awarded a Professsors Across Borders grant to conduct research on how the domestic film industries in Norway and the Czech Republic compete with American movies in their countries; and recently he received a Teaching Resource Center Innovative Course Development Grant to develop a hybrid "flip" curriculum (somewhat like that of the famous online Khan Academy) for his Digital Video Editing course, COMM 335.
  • Dr. Popescu received a 2013-2014 professional development mini-grant and Professor Across Borders grant for her research "Social Stratification and Digital Inequalities in Southeast Europe." This research project uses cases from Romania, Slovenia and Croatia to explain when, how, and why social, economic, and cultural inequalities result in disparities in the benefits derived from the use of online practices.
  • Professor Mary Fong is coordinating a campus event, "5 Decades of Reincarnation Research," presented by Dr. Walter Semkiw, MD and Barbro Karlin, the reincarnated Anne Frank. This event is May 28, 2013 4:00-6:00 pm at the Santos Manuel Student Union theatre at CSUSB. The event is sponsored by the SMSU Cross-Cultural Center, the College of Arts & Letters, and the Asian Studies & Language Exchange Club. It is open to the campus and community.
  • Professor Mary Fong received a course development grant for a new course, Spiritual Communication, from the Teaching Resource Center for spring 2013
  • Elena Martinez is selected as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Arts and Letters
  • Dr. Popescu receives 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty in Instructional Activities for the College of Arts and Letters
  • Dr. Heisterkamp receives 2012-2013 Outstanding Faculty in Service for the College of Arts and Letters
  • Dr. Sheil will serve as interim Department Chair for Accounting and Finance in 2013-2014
  • 2012 Alumnus, Gabrielle Mays wins Michigan Association of Broadcasters Award
  • Dr. Shiel co-authored "Explaining Attitudes Toward and Experiences with Social Media among Public Information Officers through Adaptive Structuration Theory" with Michelle Violanti (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Kevin Slusarski (CSUSB) in Communications of the International Information Management Association, 11(4), 51-72.
  • Graduate Student Elena Martinez received the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program. She will be working on her PhD at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations to Elena and her advisor, Dr. Brad Owen!!
  • Undergraduates John Eveleyn-Veere and Omar Garcia-Salcedo were Semi-Finalists in Parliamentary debate at the Pi Kappa National Forensics Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri March 2013!
  • CSUSB Debate Team ranked National Champions in the team speaking portion of Parlimentary Debate at the Pi Kappa National Forensics Tournament, St. Louis, MO March 2013. Congratulations Coach Biggerstaff and the CSUSB Debate Team!!
  • Dr. Popescu, in conjunction with the Office of Distributed Learning and the Teaching Research Center, is awarded $80,000 over the next two years for a Vital Technology grant for an Online Learning Center.
  • Graduate student, Kudra Dhaliwal, received an American Advertising Federation Inland Empire scholarship at their awards banquet March 15. Congratuations!
  • Arab stereotypes debunked by CSUSB professor, Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb
  • Graduate student Emily Edris is accepted to the PhD program at UC Davis. Congratulations!!
  • Undergraduate Kati Russo wins Gold Award in the Student Film Competition category from the California Film Awards for her film, 23 Hours.
  • Dr. Popescu won the Sony Electronics Faculty of the Year Award. Congratulations!!
  • Recent Alumnus, graduate student Lacey Kendall's paper, "College Radio Webcasting: Making It Matter" was accepted as part of a Top-Papers panel at the annual Broadcast Education Association in Las Vegas, NV April 2013. The paper was a portion of her Master's Project.
  • Graduate student Elena Martinez was awarded $1000 to travel to the National Communication Association conference and present her paper "Redemption and Ridicule: Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn and Western/Haitian Diasporic Understandings of Celebrity Activism in Post-Earthquake Haiti" in Orlando, Florida this past November.
  • Dr. Grant received a Winter 2013 Teaching Skills Study Award from the CSUSB Teaching Resource Center to attend the Western States Communication Association Pre-Conference Workshop to learn more about ways that storytelling can be used to teach media literacy skills and how to craft good writing assignments.
  • Dr. Corrigan co-authors with J. M. Proffitt the article, "Penn State's 'Success with Honor': How Institutional Structure and Brand Logic Disincentivized Disclosure" published in Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 12(4), 322-325.
  • Dr. Muhtaseb is awarded the Teaching Resource Center's Teaching Skills Study Award to attend the National Communication Association.
  • Dr. Corrigan successfully completed his dissertation entitled Manufacturing Sports Blogs: The Political Economy and Practice of Networked Sports Blogging. He earned his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.
  • Coyote Debate team makes a great showing at the Watson-Lancer Forensics Invitational in Pasadena. Varsity Debate undergraduate students, David Allison and Ronald Dawon take the Bronze medal in Varsity Parliamentary Team Debate. Michel'le Jones received 6th place medal in Varsity Parliamentary Debate Top Speaker division.
  • Dr. Corrigan published a review of the book Making Online News--Volume 2: Newsroom Ethnography in the Second Decade of Internet Journalism by D. Domingo and C. Patterson (Eds.). It is published in the academic journal New Media & Society, 14(3), 539-541.
  • Dr. Muhtaseb will present her research "Riding the Social Media Wave: Cyberactivism and the Global Public Sphere" during the "Cyberactivism and Political Change in the Arab World" panel at the National Communication Association conference in Orlando, Florida November 2012.
  • Dr. Muhtaseb will present her research "Beyond Egypt and Tunisia: Yemeni Women Activism between Reality and Stereotyping" as part of the panel entitled "Arab Women, Innovative Activism and New Media: Resistance Communities in the Arab Spring" at the National Communication Association conference in Orlando, Florida November 2012.
  • Undergraduate student, Sally Gonzales teamed with Lacey Kendall and Coyote Radio to cover the "youth vote" on KCAA radio during the Presidential election coverage.
  • Graduate Students Emily Edris and Bethany Richardson will present their research "'We Don't Need No Education': A Study of Film Representations of Motivational Teachers" at the Western States Communication Association convention in Reno, Nevada February 2013.
  • Dr. Fong will be a presenter on the panel, "Decoding 'Tiger Mom' Controversy: Situated Voices from Diverse Communities" at the National Communication Association in Orlando, Florida November 2012.
  • Dr. Hundley published her book chapter "Mediated Portrayals of Masculinities" in A. N. Valdivia and E. Scharrer's edited book The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies: Media Effects/Media Psychology, Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Dr. Popescu won the prestigious Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching with Technology. The award recognizes faculty who are actively involved in teaching with technology in innovative ways that lead to student success. CSUSB and Dr. Popescu were one of only four CSU campuses and faculty to receive the award.
  • Dr. Algan published her book chapter "Youth, New Media, and Radio: Mobile Phone and Local Radio Convergence in Turkey" In M. Hilmes and J. Loviglio's edited book Radio's New Wave: Audio in the Digital Age, New York: Routledge.
  • Dr. Hundley published her book chapter "Who's Sorry Now?: Sportscasters Fall from Grace, Saving Face" in L. A. Wenner's edited book Fallen Sports Heroes, Media and Celebrity Culture, New York: Peter Lang. She will present this chapter at the Western States Communication Association convention February 2013 in Reno, Nevada.
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