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    Department of Communication Studies
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    4206 Centennial Hall
    La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-9959
    608.785.6719 FAX

    Department Chair: Dr. Linda Dickmeyer
    Centennial Hall 4210

    Academic Department Associate: Laurie Collison
    Centennial Hall 4206


    Effective and successful communication is essential to human life and human endeavors. The 21st century communication environment is becoming increasingly complex due to the rapid evolution of electronic media. Urgent demand for increasingly sophisticated communication competencies is driven by this evolution. People process more messages and have more information available to them than ever before in human history. Therefore, the mission of the CST Department is to pursue and provide opportunities for increasing understanding of the communication process and developing communication competencies required by a wide variety of personal and professional contexts, both currently and in the future. Our primary constituencies are UWL students, faculty, and staff; the La Crosse community; and the Coulee region. Our primary function is to field a competitive and rigorous curriculum for majors who wish to pursue communication intensive careers; for minors who wish to enhance communication competencies demanded by other chosen career paths; and for all UWL graduates who require basic skills in public communication as prerequisites for success in their personal and professional lives.


    To provide instruction in major and minor programs that prepares competitive candidates for successful communication intensive careers in various sectors of the economy, including but not limited to business and industry; law, politics, and government; social and human service organizations, both profit and non-profit; telecommunication; and higher education.

    To provide instruction in major and minor programs that prepares UWL CST alumni to successfully undertake graduate work in communication based disciplines such as Communication Studies, Journalism, Law, Mass Communication, and Speech Communication, as well as communication related disciplines in the humanities, social science fields, business administration, and education.

    To conduct scholarly research, applied research, and creative activities relevant to all the areas of Communication Studies represented in our curriculum and in the expertise of our faculty members, especially as it contributes to the accomplishment of the previous objectives.

    To provide instruction in UWL’s General Education Program that develops basic public communication skills of all UW-La Crosse graduates, enabling them to successfully present information, ideas, and opinions to various audiences in their professional and personal lives.

    To provide service to the college, university, local community, region, and nation by sharing information about communication, providing opportunities for training and development of communication skills, and performing communication intensive functions for various bodies and organizations.