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Department of Communication

We are one of the largest majors in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS). We offer two majors, one in Communication and another in Mass Media; we also offer minors in Communication and in Critical Intercultural Communication. 

The mission of the Communication Department is that we recognize 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.



Spring 2018 Internship Opportunity in Department of Communication

Boost your Experience - Become an Intern for the 2018 Spring Semester and beyond at the Department of Communication

Intern Position Description:
  • Gain familiarity with department, its website and bulletin board
  • Grain training on website to maintain the department's message.
  • Create, distribute, and circulate flyers for (new) courses offered and/or sponsored events by the department, as needed
  • Assist in the strategizing and developing content for department social media pages.
  • Assist in producing department newsletter
  • Lend assistance to faculty with their scholarly or teaching projects and/or department based student organizations as needed
  • Lend assistance in organizing and/or promoting department events
  • Provide front office support if/as needed
Experience to be Gained
  • Produce a portfolio of communications materials
  • Gain experience working in a professional setting
  • Develop professional relationships working with faculty and/or staff to collaborate and/or execute special projects
  • Event planning
Desired Qualifications
  • Ability to work independently
  • Conscientious and Self-motivated
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of MS Office
  • Interest in working with/for faculty
Application Instructions
  • Submit resume and cover letter to department office
  • Cover letter should address relevant skills, knowledge, and/or personal qualities that well position student for the internship
  • Interview may occur based on qualifications

Position Start Date: January 22nd, 2018

  • Internship may be completed for academic credit by enrolling in COMM 495 or MASS 495

Hours Per Week: 10 hours per week; minimum of 120 hours per semester

Length of Position: Semester/16 weeks

Contact: Josie Rosas

New Topics Courses Coming Spring 2018

This coming spring, the department will be launching three new topics courses: COMM 420 - 5, Interpreting Art as a Communicative Experience; COMM 420 - 4, Border Rhetorics; and MASS 470 - 6, Media Policy and the Struggle for U.S. Democracy. 

COMM 420 - 01
COMM 420 - 02
MASS 470 - 06

COMMUniqué 5(1)

The latest issue of the department newsletter COMMUniqué is out, check it out! Get to know our new faculty and get a recap on department events. Also, check out department student organizations and their fundraisers. 

Dept Launches Social Media

The department is excited to announce the launching of its two new social media platforms: Facebook and Instagram! Please like, follow, and spread the word to stay informed of the dynamic things happening within the department. Throughout the semester, both accounts will be utilized to promote upcoming events, showcase accomplishments of students and faculty, present opportunities, and more!

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