Communication studies majors are challenged to ask big questions: Who am I? Who are we as human beings? How do we relate to one another? In communication studies, you will acquire the theoretical and analytical skills needed to understand the plethora of media products encountered in everyday life. Yet, as you journey through media history, philosophy, theory, and ethics, you will also gain speaking, writing, producing, and listening skills. In a media-driven and media-saturated world, employers are looking for skilled communicators, and graduates of our communication studies major will have numerous career options. Public relations, journalism, advertising, publishing, corporate communications, international business, education, event planning, and speech writing are some of the professions where students who have majored in communication studies are found.

  • Anita DeReoun

    Anita DeReoun

    Director of Writing and Teaching

    601.974.1296 | Email

  • Laura E. Franey—Millsaps College

    Laura E. Franey

    Associate Professor of English

    601.974.1304 | Email


    BA, University of California—San Diego; MA, Ph.D., University of California—Los Angeles

    Dr. Laura Franey specializes in the literature of Victorian England, but she enjoys teaching a range of classes – from Sex Comedies of the 18th Century to Mysteries of Human Behavior (Freshman Seminar) to Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies.

    Intrigued by questions of how literature both reflects and creates social values and hierarchies, she encourages students to ask questions about what they read and see, to form connections between the different classes they are taking, and to appreciate all genres (prose fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction) by learning how to analyze individual cultural texts. As students who have taken her classes know, she believes students learn best when engaged in creative, interactive activities; for that reason, she has students write dialogues between characters from different books or imagine how they would change a famous novel's plot for a movie adaptation.

    Franey earned her Ph.D. in English at UCLA in 1999 and began teaching at Millsaps immediately afterward. She is the author of Victorian Travel Writing and Imperial Violence: British Literature on Africa, 1855-1902, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2003. Four years later, working with Edward Marx of Ehime University, she brought out the first annotated, scholarly edition of the first novel ever published in the United States by someone of Japanese descent—Yone Noguchi's The American Diary of a Japanese Girl (originally published in 1902). She is currently engaged in a book project in which she looks at how women are portrayed traveling by train, boat, and horseback in Victorian novels and narrative paintings.

  • Michael Gleason

    Michael Gleason

    Visiting Associate Professor of Classical Studies

    601.874.1479 | Email


    AB, AM, PhD, Brown University

    “My degrees are in Comparative Literature, a field that lets me explore everything from Homer’s Odyssey to Joyce’s Ulysses. If you’re like me, you will love tracing the Classical inheritance of Greek and Latin across the centuries, following the great themes of love and war, the heroes and the villains, and the languages that grew up and sometimes disappeared again—Germanic, Celtic, Romance. But a career at Millsaps has also opened my eyes to the wonders of world literature, especially in a team-taught course like Heritage. My friends in Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies have introduced me to Egyptian love lyrics, Japanese haiku, the epics of India, and Choctaw creation myths. There is so much left to discover, so much left to read in ancient, medieval, or modern works, and the best material shows us who we are and where we came from.”

  • Eric J. Griffin—Millsaps College

    Eric J. Griffin

    Janice B. Trimble Professor and Chair of English
    Director, Latin American Studies Program

    601.974.1312 | Email


    BA, Pomona College; MA, PhD, University of Iowa

    "I’m known to many students and faculty colleagues as simply “Griff,” and I’m chair of the English Department. Although I teach many kinds of classes, my specialty is Renaissance studies. So classic writers from this era—including English ones like Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton, and even Italian or Spanish ones like Petrarch, Ariotso, and Cervantes—tend to make appearances in my syllabi. In fact, one of my most popular courses, The Romance, features all of these writers in order to trace a literary tradition that extends from medieval times, through the Renaissance, and on down to the present day via J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Monty Python, and even Game of Thrones. I love seeing what happens when students are turned loose to come up with their own romance-inspired projects while reading these authors. If I can help you unlock your own creative sensibilities, that’s when I’m really teaching.

    "My Shakespeare classes have also been some of the most popular on campus. It may sound clichéd, but a college education is incomplete without a Shakespeare class. And I’m not talking just to English majors. I’ve had anthropology, education, classics, modern foreign language and psych majors take Shakespeare with me, and lots of pre-meds and business majors, too. Shakespeare permeates our culture; my students get intimate with him.

    "And because my own research focuses on the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds, in 2009 I helped found the Millsaps Latin American Studies Program, which I currently direct. In this capacity I often lead study abroad trips to the college’s facilities in Yucatán. I hope you’ll join me there!"

  • Kate Royals

    Kate Royals

    Adjunct Professor

    601.941.2079 | Email


    BA, Millsaps College; MA, Louisiana State University

  • Katy Simpson Smith

    Katy Simpson Smith

    Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature

    601.974.1478 | Email


    BA, Mount Holyoke College; MFA, Bennington College; MA, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill