The Department of Communication studies human symbolic practices. The Department educates students to become culturally sensitive participants in democratic dialogue and ethically responsible leaders in fields such as journalism, communication research, public relations, advertising, human resources, public service and teaching.
To accomplish this mission, the Department encourages undergraduate students to combine a theoretical knowledge of human interaction processes, an understanding of the cultural consequences of the mass media, and specialized skills in writing, speaking, critical thinking, research and design.
The Department encourages graduate students to deepen their understanding of communication theory, research, criticism and ethics and to prepare themselves for positions of greater responsibility in their chosen professions.
Through their scholarship, the Department of Communication's faculty members advance knowledge and understanding in the discipline of communication by relevant research and insightful service to the University, profession and community.