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Communication & Performance

College of Arts & Sciences

Department Chair’s Welcome

Amber Kinser, ChairI want to welcome you to the Department of Communication and Performance. We are a vibrant community of students, staff, and faculty who explore and celebrate the understanding, art, and skill of human communication. We are engaged in both study and practice, both contemporary and historical texts, as well as artistic, rhetorical, and social scientific approaches. Whether you see yourself performing for or speaking to publics; behind the scenes writing, crafting, or designing; working with people across diverse populations; or producing work that has an impact on how people think and live, I recommend taking a good look at our programs.

We offer a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, as well as minors in Storytelling and Communication Studies. We also offer a Master’s degree in Communication & Storytelling Studies. Each of these offers a different knowledge base and training, but combined, they look broadly at narrative, human interaction, story, messages, and the performing arts, with a focus on positioning graduates for professional success. Our graduates enter the workforce or graduate school with excellent training and professional competence and confidence, and are meaningfully employed across a wide spectrum of job fields. Take a look at our individual programs to see what some of those fields are.

The Department of Communication and Performance faculty are committed to one-on-one academic guidance and mentoring. We aim to establish lasting relationships with our students that they can count on while they are at ETSU and can continue to count on after they graduate and move on to successful careers or graduate school.

After you have taken a good look through our programs and web pages, please contact us if you have any questions, need more information, or would like to join our department.

Dr. Amber Kinser, Department Chair 

Welcome messages from our programs:

Communication Studies
Welcome to Communication Studies Message from Dr. Wesley Buerkle, Program Head
Welcome to Storytelling Message from Dr. Delanna Reed, Interim Coordinator
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