The Department of Communication is one of four units in the College of Communication and Information. We offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees for undergraduate Communication majors and teach most of the graduate courses leading to a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Communication through the College’s Graduate Program in Communication. We are noted for our emphasis in health communication, as reflected by our ranking by the National Communication Association as 6th in the nation in health communication doctoral programs. We enjoy unparalleled research technology support and are one of the most highly funded communication departments in the nation.
The Department’s mission is to generate new knowledge about communication practices in society, organizations, and the lives of individuals through our active research programs. We work with external constituencies to improve the quality of communication in everyday life. Our students acquire the knowledge to understand the challenges and opportunities of a diverse and democratic society, and the skills to perform effectively and ethically as citizens.