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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

  • Jan 29 2015

    Amanda Johnson Ashley

    Amanda Johnson Ashley Assistant Professor Community and Regional Planning Amanda Johnson Ashley was selected as

  • Jan 26 2015

    Mark Plew

    Mark Plew Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator Department of Anthropology College of Social Sciences and

  • Jan 22 2015

    Julie Lane

    Julie Lane Assistant Professor Department of Communication Julie Lane presented a paper at the American

  • Jan 15 2015

    Pengyu Zhu

    Pengyu Zhu Assistant Professor Department of Public Policy and Administration College of Social Sciences and

  • Jan 14 2015

    Ed McLuskie

    Ed McLuskie, Department of Communication, has been appointed guest professor at the University of Augsburg,