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Department of Communication

The communication discipline looks at how theories, philosophies, and the roles people assume, operate in personal and public arenas. We study how people articulate their ideas, create and interpret meaning, interact, and produce and analyze messages both face-to-face and through the media. Programs emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and independent scholarship. Issues of concern are cultural perception, social ethics, creativity, and freedom of expression. Most classes are speaking and/or writing-intensive, and all focus on the interdependence of theory and practice.

Our Vision

We embrace communication as the foundation of the human experience. We value education and scholarship that fosters critical thinking and communicative understandings necessary for creatively engaging contemporary social life.

Our Mission

We provide quality education in the theory and practice of human communication. In particular:

  1. We explore the ways communication produces and reproduces our social world.
  2. We promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and communicative competency.
  3. We encourage active personal, organizational, and civic engagement.
  4. We foster engaged learning environments, quality research, and creative endeavors.

College News

  • Dec 18 2014

    Jaap Vos

    Jaap Vos, director of the Master of Community and Regional Planning program, was quoted in

  • Dec 15 2014

    ‘What Does it Mean to be a Millennial?’ Essay Contest

    The Blue Review is holding an essay contest for the millennial generation over the winter

  • Dec 15 2014

    Lynn Lubamersky

    Lynn Lubamersky, associate professor of history, attended her first meeting as a board member of

  • Dec 12 2014

    Spring Semester College Meeting Schedule

    The Office of the Provost has announced a schedule for college-wide meetings for the start of spring

  • Dec 12 2014

    Isaac Castellano

    Isaac Castellano, adjunct professor in political science, has published a book titled “Civil War Interventions

  • Dec 11 2014

    Susan Mason, Jaap Vos and Pengyu Zhu

    Susan Mason, Jaap Vos and Pengyu Zhu from the departments of Public Policy and Administration

  • Dec 10 2014

    Historian Wakild Receives NEH Grant

    Emily Wakild, associate professor in the Department of History at Boise State University, has been

  • Dec 09 2014

    John Freemuth

    John Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy, was quoted in an Idaho Statesman

  • Dec 02 2014

    Jennifer Weaver

    Jennifer M. Weaver, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and Thomas J. Schofield, faculty

  • Dec 02 2014

    John Freemuth

    John Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy, will speak at the annual meeting

  • Dec 01 2014

    erin mcclellan and Amanda Johnson Ashley

    Assistant professors erin mcclellan (Department of Communication) and Amanda Johnson Ashley (Department of Community &

  • Dec 01 2014

    Suzanne McCorkle Retirement Reception Dec. 12

    Suzanne McCorkle, director of the dispute resolution and conflict management certificate programs and professor of