Communication courses range from public relations and journalism to rhetoric and social justice to film and performance.


The Communication department is home to courses in American Sign Language and Intergroup Relations—open to students across the College.

The Communication Department is pleased to offer a two-semester, beginner level sequence in American Sign Language (ASL). This courses are designed to be an introduction to basic conversational skills in ASL and awareness of various aspects of deafness and Deaf culture. No previous knowledge of sign language is necessary. The content shall include, but not be limited to, conversational vocabulary and the grammatical features and principles of ASL. The audiological, educational, social, cultural and historical aspects of deafness are also included.

Students will be given the opportunity to enhance both expressive and receptive skills by increasing vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. Students will be expected to interact with the Deaf community in real-life settings thereby enhancing their awareness of and sensitivity to various aspects of Deaf culture and ASL.

Intergroup Relations (IGR) is an educational experience about issues of social justice, and central to Villanova's IGR programming is a one-credit undergraduate course (COM 5300), offered by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Department of Communication. Topics examined as part of IGR programming include gender, socioeconomic status, religion/faith, race, sexual orientation and ability. Learn more about this course.


Acting Chair Spring 2022

Thomas Ksiazek, PhD

Associate Professor



Heidi Rose, PhD



Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Jarryd Kainz

Garey Hall, Room 28


Administrative Assistant 

Loretta Chiaverini

Garey Hall, Room 28



The Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI), housed within the Department of Communication, was established by a generous gift from Lawrence Waterhouse Jr., ’59 A&S, founder of Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc.

The WFI was founded to highlight the centrality of Communication in the creation of social change. Our goal is to serve as the center of an international network of Communication scholars, practitioners, and activists working to create a more just social world.