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Communication at Mary Baldwin offers a personal, hands-on approach to learning. The discipline places an emphasis on writing and speaking as well as visual and media literacy. Opportunities abound to mesh theory — classroom learning and text book reading — with practice. Students engage with media organizations, communication internships, and service learning projects in the Staunton community.

Why study communication at Mary Baldwin University?

The study of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. A large and diverse academic discipline, communication includes inquiry by humanists, social scientists and critical and cultural studies scholars.

  • Students develop the ability to develop their skills and to practice conducting independent research in their area of choice in the field of communication.
  • Students write media style work that often appears in campus publications and on the university’s website, as well as in local media. Professors provide individualized, one-on-one writing instruction for writing emphasis courses taught in the discipline.
  • Students integrate classroom learning with practice by working directly with members of the local communities in service learning organizations and through supervised internships in different areas of communication.
  • Students develop their public and group presentation skills in almost all communication courses at Mary Baldwin. Our students practice what we teach — the art of public speaking — and get supportive instruction in this vital skill.
The National Communication Association
Public Relations Society of America
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Lambda Pi Eta (honor society for Communication scholars)


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Bruce R. Dorries

Associate Professor of Communication; BA, Baylor University; MA, Corpus Christi State University;...
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Velma Bryant

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, Mary Baldwin University; MEd, James Madison University
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Sandi M. Smith

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Liberty University; MA, Appalachian State University; EdD, Florida...
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Suzanne Miller

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, Mary Baldwin College; MEd, Vanderbilt University
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Devoted Alumna Establishes Business Scholarship

With considerable experience in the corporate world, Susan Nolan Palmer ’67 not only found she had a skill set she could share with Mary Baldwin College students, but she also decided to establish a scholarship to encourage and support those studying business. The Dr....
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Kaylyn Lonergan ’16

Between maintaining the high academic marks that keep her on the dean’s and honor’s lists semester after semester, working as a campus tour guide in the President’s Society, and leading the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership cadet corps, it is hard to imagine...
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Rebecca Stearn ’14

When I entered into Mary Baldwin, I knew I was going to be a business major, but I wasn’t sure what that really meant. Over my four years I had a multitude of great experiences, ranging from learning the components of a sustainable business, to being the TA for the...
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Bead for Life – Business At Mary Baldwin University

Torkin Wakefield, Devin Hibbard (her daughter), and Ginny Jordan (family friend), launched BeadforLife, which focuses on helping women who live in poverty, often on less than one dollar a day. BeadforLife has grown into a robust, non-profit endeavor that is rapidly...
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Business Course Brings Benefits to Students and Local Shop

Having spent 30 years in business before transitioning to academia, Assistant Professor of Business Administration Joe Sprangel structures his courses, in large part, around the work done in the “real world.” It was serendipitous then, that local shop owner and...
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