July 1, 2010, marked the beginning of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Previously, the Speech Communication program was housed in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre in the School of the Arts. Our department now is part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, which includes sociology, criminal justice, and the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies. Many faculty from these areas also participate in the interdisciplinary social psychology Ph.D. program.
The new "place" highlights an ongoing transition from a primarily performance-based program to a social science program focused on studying the process of communication in addition to teaching communication skills.