We live in the information age. Innovations in communication and information technology are altering the fundamental nature of how we live, work, play and learn. Since the 1970s, the Department of Communication has been at the forefront of inquiry into how the evolution of communication is shaping our social, cultural, political, economic, organizational and legal landscape.
The undergraduate program in communication combines both theory and practice and offers courses in two main areas—media studies (effect of social media and mass media, video and multimedia production, audience research, communication policy) and organizational communication (communication in public and private organizations, interpersonal communication, health communication, crisis communication, public relations, advertising). The interdisciplinary approach of our program will provide you with a broad perspective on the interplay among mass media, human communication, cultural studies, technology, policy, political economy and public relations. Consequently, the courses offered in our BA program in communication and in our joint philosophy, political science and sociology programs, will help you understand and manage the communication revolution occurring in health, politics and business as well as in government and non-governmental organizations. Our faculty are leading researchers in their fields, and many of your instructors will have experience as practitioners in various areas of applied and professional communications, such as public relations and video production.
With its interdisciplinary focus and unique blend of theory and practice, this program is designed to position you for leadership positions in communications in the private and public sectors as well as prepare you for advanced studies.