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Kathy Lee Heuston, Interim Department Chair

(931) 221.7554



For complete information, call and set up an appointment to visit our facilities.  See for yourself what makes us different from communication at other colleges and universities

  •  HD, state-of-the-art digital sports broadcast studio  & control room
  • HD State-of-the art digital audio production rooms
  • 3-Camera Studio & Master Control for local productions
  • HD, digital editing lab with new iMacs & Final Cut Pro HD
  • 3 Cable Channels & Internet video streaming of APSU telecasts
  • Mac Lab with new iMacs and the Adobe Creative Cloud for news writing, desktop publishing, & web design
  • Multi-station Telephone Research Center with new Dell PCs
  • Students work on WAPX-FM, Magic 91.9 MHZ, noncommercial radio station
  • Hands-on equipment experience from the start of your Freshmen year



We are unique in Tennessee with our approach to communication: we want you to learn both in the classroom and with a "hands on" approach beginning with your Freshmen year!

The Department of Communication has more than 500 undergraduate Communication Arts majors enrolled in our concentrations like Broadcast Media, Corporate Communication, Information Specialist, Internet Technology, Media Technology, Print and Web journalism, Public Relations, and Sports Broadcasting. In addition, we offer Master's degrees in Communication Arts with more than 100 students enrolled from all over the United States in these online programs. They study in our Corporate or General Communication specializations or in our Marketing Communication and Media Management concentrations.



  • Potential for career success. Our students are prepared to find fulfilling and financially rewarding communication industry careers as the U. S. Department of Labor Census Bureau predicts solid growth is most all communication professions through 2022.
  • Students come first. We think of students as our clients and, as such, helping students to achieve their goals and objectives is our first priority, and it really is for us.
  • Classes are small. In our Department, as in almost all Austin Peay classrooms, class size is capped at 25 students. You get personal attention from your instructor.
  • Our core classes provide our students with unique perspectives to help them enjoy employment successes through reviewing cultural values and norms, developing a career portfolios, learning media history and development, and emerging them into applied theory turned into real word practice.
  • Work with excellent faculty. You're taught by caring professors with excellent academic credentials and real-world communication industry experience, and not by only graduate students like so many colleges and universities.
  • Learn by doing. Through internships, practicums, and independent studies, students have the opportunity to work in the communication industry with professionals. This often translates into jobs!
  • Learn from the latest technology. Our department is wired with fiber optic and ethernet cables and has microwave dishes for the latest satellite connectivity. We even have a mobile broadcast van. We've got the latest hardware and software technology so you can learn digital audio and video production, desktop publishing and Web design.
  • Participate in student organizations sponsored by Nashville professional communicators. We have the Broadcast Education Association,  National Broadcasting Society (AERho), and the Public Relations Student Society of America Chapters right in our department. 
  • Take advantage of our internship (off-campus) and practicum (on-campus) programs while earning college credit and gaining communication industry experience working with professionals while supervised by Communication Department faculty.
  • Conduct state of the art communication research. In our Communication Research Center, you'll learn to conduct computer-aided telephone surveys, political polls, marketing communication research, and develop your investigative skills.
  • Produce real audio and video programs and design Websites, Including Your Own.  With our Gov's Cable Channel 99, television studio, digital editing bay, Web design computer laboratory, and WAPX - FM radio, remote sports broadcasting facilities including a decked-out remote telecast van, you'll gain the hands-on experience so essential for all of the communication industry careers today.
  • Have fun while learning! Our program is challenging, yet fun and user-friendly. We offer you the opportunities to grow both in the classroom and with "hands-on" practice from your Freshmen year onward. You'll enjoy getting to know fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members.