Department of 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.

Communication Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of communication, its varied forms and uses, and its multiple social, cultural, and cognitive effects.

Mass Media Degree

The new Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media provides students with theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding media development, production, distribution, and its multiple social, political, cultural, and cognitive effects domestically and globally.

Announcements


Tukwut Talks: Dr. Gloria Pindi

Tukwut Talks is a "Series of Conversations with Faculty", where Dr. Pindi will present on "Crossing the Borders of the Academy: A Congolese Woman's Journey of Education Across Cultures." The event will take place in Univerisity Student Union 3400, on Tuesday, February 16. 2016, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

See flier for more information.


Graduates, Save the Date!

Spring 2016 Mass Media and Communications Graduates, you are invited to the Department of Communication Graduation Reception on May 18th! More details to follow. 


Acadamic Acclamations of Achievement

This Department congratulates Bryce, Kimberlee, Katie, Nick, and Sonnie on their scholarship and for representing all of us Cougars at the upcoming conference!

Bryce Dollarhide and Kimberlee Zolghadri (2016). The Relationship between Popularity and Self-Disclosure on Facebook. Accepted for presentation at the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Mission Bay, CA.  [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dreama Moon].

 

Katherine Orphey (2016). Doing Rhetorical Criticism #LikeAGirl. Presented at the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Mission Bay, CA.  [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vincent Pham].

 

Nick Shumate (2016). A Dance with the Devil in the Pale Moonlight. Presented at the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Mission Bay, CA.  [Faculty Advisor: Alexandra Jackson Nevis, M.A.].

 

Sonni Simmons (2016). Poetic Fantasy: Fantasy-Theme Analysis of a Spoken Word Performance. Presented at the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Mission Bay, CA.  [Faculty Advisor: Alexandra Jackson Nevis, M.A.].


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


Spring 2016: COMM/MASS 495

Interested in COMM or MASS 495?? 
In order to register for the internship course, students must:
  1. Identify and apply for an internship site with a community partner. Also, students may obtain advice about possible placement sites given student interest by talking with the internship faculty member, Dr. Catherine Matsumoto.  
  2. After completing the steps to secure an internship course then, contact Dr. Matsumoto who will provide a permission code to register for the course.