"Composing an email. Decoding someone's gestures over lunch. Talking on the phone (while discretely watching YouTube). Reading the newspaper and wondering how and why it represents and distorts the world it covers. Pondering a photo. Deciding when and how to tell a secret.

If these and other communication-related practices are what you regularly do and provoke endless fascination — then this is your place. Our faculty is dedicated to deepening your understanding and capacities within a vigorously cross-disciplinary, socially conscious academic environment."

Dr. Brian Goss
Program Director

Why study communication at SLU-Madrid?

Communication can be characterized as the foundation of human societies; that is, societies arise through communication and would cease to function without it. Indeed, communication is the paradigm of a cross-disciplinary field that is anchored in the liberal arts.

Our trio of full-time faculty members was trained in highly-ranked departments and presents a combined total of more than 40 years of university teaching experience almost 30 of which have been at SLU-Madrid. The numbers testify to our commitment to the campus and to an educational environment that is international to its core—and that is further characterized by rigor (high standards) and vigor (high energy). Moreover, our photography and journalism courses are delivered by acclaimed professionals who are also seasoned and successful teachers across more than a decade at SLU.

What can you do with a communication degree?

Communication graduate Ana García Soría (Class of 2016) talks about full-time graduate study concurrent with being a very active intern at the United Nations. Read about it here.

Our students are endowed with consistent practice in, and carefully fashioned feedback on their communicative productions in writing, images, and new media interventions. Our methodology prepares students for the “real world” communication activities — in media, publicity, journalism—as well as other demanding creative fields such as law and teaching.

Unique Features of our Communication Programs

  • Quality (attentive, engaged, rigorously prepared, innovative) teaching is the lodestar of the SLU-Madrid Communication Department. In fact, the department has inaugurated a course-by-course system for formal recognition of excellence in teaching. We document excellence; we do not just talk about it.
  • Along with enacting day-by-day devotion to teaching and convening conferences, we are committed to being active scholars (producing, editing and reviewing scholarship) in a field where change occurs at head-spinning velocity. The department's per capita rate of scholarly output compares with far larger institutions in a striking synergism of teaching and research commitment.
  • Our students are not exclusively bound to the classroom; they have regularly received credit for off-campus internships.

The world as it currently stands is not good enough, not fair enough, nor is it prosperous, inclusive, or forward-looking enough. We are convinced that today’s liberal arts-educated people are the rising agents of imagination and positive innovation—and we seek to assist them in preparing a toolbox with which to confront social problems of moment.


Brian Goss, Ph.D., Program Director

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