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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About the Department

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The Communication Studies Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has a long history of serving students.

In the early 1900s, the area of speech communication was originally housed within the English department on campus.  By 1966 a new department  was formed called Speech Communication & Theater Arts. In the late 1970s the College of Arts & Humanities was formed on campus, and the department name was changed to the Department of Speech Communication and Theater became a separate department at that time. Most recently, in 2010 the name was updated to the Department of Communication Studies to reflect the expanding areas of study included in our discipline.

With a focus on application and individual attention, our undergraduate and graduate programs have offered students an opportunity to excell for decades. During that time, our department has remained committed to serving students, establishing strong relationships, and enabling student success.

In addition, over the last 80 years the department has fostered a dedicated and successful forensics program.  As early as 1931, students on campus started forming a debate program. The evolution of that program, Maverick Forensics, remains one of the most active programs in the Upper Midwest and has earned a national reputation in intercollegiate forensics.