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Welcome to the English Language for Academic Purposes, Linguistics, and Communication Studies Division.

Our goal is to empower students in a globally diverse society to become stronger communicators and engaged citizens of the world. Whether your interests are learning to read, write, and speak English for academic purposes; exploring the history of languages; or transferring to a four-year institution with a communication studies associate’s degree, faculty and staff in this division look forward to assisting you.

There is an academic department on each of the three campuses, and instructional support is available to students in the Writing, Reading and Language Centers on each campus. Learn more about the division’s programs and locations using the links on this website.

Usha Venkatesh, M.Ed.

Interim Instructional Dean

ELAP, Linguistics & Communication Studies


  • Communication Studies Student Orientations

    January 29, Germantown Campus, HT 216, 12-1PM

    February 6, Rockville Campus, HU 011, 6-7PM

    February 7, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, CM 211, 12-1PM

    February 9, Rockville Campus, HU 011, 12-1PM

  • Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia

    February 14, Helon Habila, Germantown Globe Hall, 11AM Download Flyer

    February 27, Craig Shirley, Germantown Globe Hall, 7PM Download Flyer

    April 9, Jack Farrell, Germantown Globe Hall, 11AM Download Flyer

    April 24, Ilissa Ocko, Germantown Globe Hall, 7PM Download Flyer

  • Career and Communication Symposium

    April 24, Rockville Theater Arts Arena, 11:30AM-1:00PM Download Flyer

    Communication Studies presents its 2nd symposium entitled, The Real World: Are YOU Ready?! The first event attracted nearly 200 students who were eager to learn about different careers, receive advice on how to prepare for the workforce, as well as, receive resume consultation on the spot. This year will be bigger and better! There will be a keynote speaker, short presentation from theater arts students, panel discussion from experts in various fields, followed by Q&A. This year, in addition to resume consultation, students will have the opportunity to speak with academic and transfer advisors anytime between 11:30-12:00 p.m. Students who stay until the end of the event will receive a small post card for proof of attendance.

  • Speech and Debate Competition

    April 28, Rockville Theater Arts Arena, TA210 and TA211, 10:00AM-12:00PM

    Students will be competing on two categories: Informative and Persuasive.

Global Humanities Institute and Communication Studies

Montgomery College has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support a “Global Humanities: Many Voices, One College” (MVOC) initiative. The grant is part of the NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges program. The aim of MVOC is to improve intercultural competencies in Communication Studies and non-humanities (professional) fields through global humanities approaches. The project enables non-humanities faculty from professional fields (business, law, engineering, and nursing, among others) and faculty from the Communication Studies discipline to join together in a professional development opportunity with the ultimate goal of increasing students’ critical thinking and intercultural competencies. For more information, visit the GHI website or contact Dre Betancourt. Read Full Story

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