Communications Studies


  • Speech Analysis Paper Assignment
    This assignment is by Nancy Bandiera of La Guardia Community College. It “was used in a Public Speaking course where students learned to build a variety of public speeches. The assignment aims to enable students to make connections to experience, to reflect and self-asses their learning. In line with the integrative learning core competency, they are also encouraged to make connections between and among academic disciplines.”

Open Books

  • Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies
    This textbook from University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing “overviews the time-tested conceptual foundations of the field, while incorporating the latest research and cutting-edge applications of these basics.”
  • Communication Studies bookshelf at LibreTexts
    This bookshelf includes texts on public speaking, interpersonal communication, and intercultural communication, among other topics.
  • Intercultural Communication
    This textbook “examines culture as a variable in interpersonal and collective communication. It explores the opportunities and problems arising from similarities and differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups. It explores cultural universals, social categorization, stereotyping and discrimination, with a focus on topics including race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender and sexuality as they relate to communication.”
  • Media, Culture, Society, and You: An Introductory Mass Communication Text
    This “approachable” textbook “covers major mass communication terms and concepts including ‘digital culture.’ It discusses various media platforms and how they are evolving as Information and Communication Technologies change.”
  • Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers of English
    “This digital book is meant to serve an instructional tool for both learners and teachers in the field of pronunciation. Topics covered include vowel and consonant sounds, word stress, thought groups, prominence, and intonation.”
  • Small Group Communication: Forming & Sustaining Teams
    Small Group Communication: Forming & Sustaining Teams is an interdisciplinary textbook focused on communication in groups and teams. This textbook aims to provide students with theories, concepts, and skills they can put into practice to form and sustain successful groups across a variety of contexts.”
  • Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy
    This “interdisciplinary public speaking textbook […] fuses rhetoric, critical/cultural studies, and performance to offer an up-to-date resource for students. With a focus on advocacy, this textbook invites students to consider public speaking as a political, purposeful form of information-sharing.”
  • Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
    This textbook from University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing “features two key themes. First it focuses on helping students become more seasoned and polished public speakers, and second is its emphasis on ethics in communication.”
  • Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication
    This textbook from University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing “will support an engaging and interesting course experience for students that will not only show them the powerful social, political and economic forces will affect the future of media technology, but will challenge students to do their part in shaping that future.”

Additional OER

  • OER – Communication Studies (San Benardino Valley College)
    This page links to a variety of open textbooks and other materials for Communications Studies at the community college level.
  • Orat!o: Speaking with Confidence
    This open resource is designed to supplement public speaking courses and uses videos to explain and demonstrate public speaking skills.