About Us

Both individually and socially, communication shapes who we are. Our department is driven by the implications of this statement.

The study of communication in the liberal arts tradition focuses on the understanding and use of symbols that create meaning in multiple communicative contexts—global and local, personal and professional, in-person and mediated. The discipline is grounded in ancient rhetorical traditions and is influenced by contemporary intellectual, artistic and technological developments. Our mission is to produce well-rounded communicators capable of speaking and listening well, thinking critically and ethically, and writing clearly.

We are committed to an intellectual and creative atmosphere that enhances awareness of and respect for human dignity and ethical values. In the spirit of building collegiality and community, our faculty integrates dynamic teaching, research and publication, as well as service to the profession, community and university. As a result, students majoring in Communication participate fully in the professional, academic and co-curricular life of the discipline. 

Mission Statement

Communication plays a central role in all spheres of contemporary global and local affairs, work, and life. As a result, we in the Communication Department see our mission to revolve around two central beliefs:

  • Belief 1: As we communicate, whether publicly, interpersonally, organizationally, or via some mass medium, we tell each other who we are, who we have been, and who we can become. It is in and through communication that we forge our lives.

  • Belief 2: You cannot succeed in any communication-related field without truly understanding belief 1.

Our Department thus does not aim only to “train” students in specific skills. We integrate the theory and practice of Communication, so that courses that teach skills build upon communication principles, concepts, insights, and research techniques. We strive to provide students with an education in Communication, grounded in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The study of communication in the liberal arts tradition focuses on the understanding and use of symbols that create meaning in multiple communicative contexts—global and local, personal and professional, in-person and mediated. The discipline is grounded in ancient rhetorical traditions and is influenced by contemporary intellectual, artistic and technological developments. Our mission, then, is to produce well-rounded communicators who are capable of speaking and listening well, thinking critically and ethically, and writing clearly.

 

The Results Speak for Themselves

Our graduates are in top firms in public relations, advertising, and marketing; our graduates appear on the air in markets across America or work behind the scenes as producers of network news and cable programs; our graduates are onstage and backstage in theaters large and small; our graduates are enrolled in the nation’s top Communication graduate programs and law schools. Whether in corporate careers, serving their communities, or engaged in further academic study, our graduates illustrate that students of Communication are uniquely equipped to make a difference, in their lives and in the lives of others.