About

Melissa Spirek

The Department of Communication at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio welcomes you to share our passion and dedication to the field of communication.

We are home to over 300 majors who are earning either a B.A. degree in Communication Studies or a B.A. degree in Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. We are indeed our people and that includes faculty, staff, undergraduate students and graduates who are dedicated to keeping current in our fields of expertise. With one of the highest number of graduates from an academic department on WSU’s campus, the Communication Department’s graduates strive to make the world a better place.

We study from a social scientific perspective how humans create, transmit, receive and respond to messages. The Communication Studies program emphasizes intrapersonal and interpersonal communication whereas the Mass Communication program emphasizes mediated and mass communication processes and effects. The new curriculum for each degree is designed to increase our student’s intellectual, organizational and social abilities, which can be applied to a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, organizational and mediated settings. This is accomplished with courses that underscore real-world experiences with theoretical frameworks.

Visit the Communication Department at 425 Millett Hall and review the mural where graduates post their business cards. We will be proud to share some of our students’ most recent work as well. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for real-time information, news, events and activities.

Melissa M. Spirek, Ph.D.
COM Chair & Professor