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The Department of Communication is one of the largest majors in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences. The department offers two majors, one in Communication and another in Mass Media; we also offer minors in Communication and in Critical Intercultural Communication. 

Department Mission

The Communication Department recognizes the transformative power of communication and media and their role in how we think about and act in personal, organizational, cultural, social, and political life. Our scholarly and creative community embraces diverse theoretical perspectives, innovative pedagogy, and creative practices.   We support students’ development of critical and analytical abilities, proficiency with multiple levels of analysis of media, engagement with collaborative and dialogic relationships and connections with communities. We guide students to become culturally aware, astute, civic minded individuals able to understand and act upon structures of inequity, poised for success in their endeavors as community members, citizens and leaders in their chosen careers.


Student-Scholars Off to Salt Lake City

Department faculty and staff proudly congratulate student-scholars who competitively submitted and had accepted for presentation their scholarship. Students will present their scholarship at the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (aka USRC) on February 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT. The USRC is hosted by the Western States Communication Association, which will also hold its convention February 18-21, 2017 simultaneously. The list of student-scholars is presented below; a draft of the USRC program is available here.

  • Brenda Barniga, "America the Beautiful: Examining America's Racially Inclined Notion of Beauty."
  • Brandon Beach, "Freak Show and the Need for Inclusion in American Society."
  • Danielle Biss, "Finding Dory: Challenging Counter-Hegemonic Representations of Disability."
  • Kathryn Eldridge, "The Harry Potter Novels as a Tool for Increasing Acceptance of Diversity."
  • Rebecca Nieto, "Zootopia: Predator and Prey."
  • Kaylie Sadlon, "A Film for Reparations: A Fantasy-Theme Criticism of Django Unchained."

Tenure Track Faculty Positions

The Department of Communication is seeking Assistant Professor for Health Communication. See position description for Assistant Professor for Health Communication for more information.

The Department of Communication is seeking Assistant Professor for Media Law and Policy. See position description for Assistant Professor for Media Law and Policy for more information.

MaC Days Keynote Event

On April 12th, 2016, the Department of Communication sponsored the keynote panel for MaC Days entitled “On the Margins of Media in Hollywood” to a packed audience. Listen to the discussion by distinguished guests Alexandra Davis, Director of Blue Ribbon Content Studios; Dr. Aymar Jean Christian, Found of OpenTV and Professor at Northwestern University; and, Sameer Gardezi, award-winning screenwriter of ABC’s Modern Family.

National Communication Association find that College Graduates with Communication Degrees "have the knowledge and skills employers need."