Department of Communication Studies

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Student Organizations

Extracurricular activities are an important part of the collegiate experience. Participating in student or national organizations gives our students the opportunity to network, gain leadership skills and build their resumes.

Communication Studies Club

The Communication Studies Club is for students who desire to work together in the areas of community service, professional networking and social support. The club encourages camaraderie and communication between students and faculty, to serve students in the pursuit of their educational and career goals and to provide a social outlet for Communication Studies majors and minors.  Comm Club has been awarded the "2017 Outstanding Educational Program" award for bringing Green Card Voices to campus. For more information, contact advisor:  Alex Davenport

Performance Studies Club

The Performance Studies Club is a co-curricular student organization dedicated to exploring social issues and diverse communication strategies through theatrical performance. No previous performance experience is necessary. Students create performances through improvisation and group collaboration. The club does many on-campus performances and travels to national performance festivals to share their work with other universities.

  • View Communication Studies performances on YouTube   
For more information, contact Alex Davenport, or Jen Tuder, advisors.

Speech and Debate Program/Forensics - SCSU Talking Huskies

Speech and Debate Program/SCSU Forensics strives to provide competitive speech/debate, university engagement, and community outreach to aid in the holistic development of students. Members of the program host educational events, serve the larger speech community and compete at regional and national tournaments throughout the year in speaking, interpretation/acting, and debate activities. SCSU Speech and Debate provides students with the opportunity to grow as a person, communicator and performer; the opportunity to strengthen research, organizational and leadership skills; the opportunity to experience literature and topics; and the opportunity to share performances in a variety of contexts.  The program is open to students of any major/minor; there is no cost to participate. For more information, contact the program director Scott Wells.

Conflict Resolution Services for Students

Conflict Resolution Services for Students is a group of volunteer student peer mediators who provide free mediation and conflict coaching services to St. Cloud State students and groups. The team also serves as a resource for those looking for assistance with conflict and/or communication skills. For more information, contact advisor Jeff Ringer. For more information, visit Conflict Resolution Services or email crs@stcloudstate.edu.

Learn what the Conflict Resolution/Mediation program is doing in the community through news stories about school suspensions and community integration.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the honorary society of the National Communication Association. The organization's title symbolizes the three ingredients of persuasion identified by Aristotle: Lambda = logos, or logic; Pi = pathos, or emotions; and Eta = ethos, or credibility and ethics. St. Cloud State's Lambda Pi Eta Chapter fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement and stimulates interest in the study of communication. 

Students are eligible if they have a 3.0 GPA overall with a 3.25 GPA in the Communication Studies major. Students must have 60 credits minimum completed and 12 credits completed in Communications Studies to qualify.

Students who meet the qualifications should email chapter advisor Suzanne Stangl-Erkens these items:

  • List of their Communication Studies courses
  • Final Communications Studies grades
  • Overall GPA
  • Contact phone number and email address