We now live in an ever-more-mediated world. Every day most of us receive hundreds of messages through a variety of media: messages sent by friends, news reporters, advertisers, political hacks, identity thieves and even by software "bots."
In our highly mediated world, it's important to craft messages clearly, accurately and ethically. It’s also important to be able to evaluate this daily barrage of information critically.
In the Department of Communication, we train students to be both crafters and evaluators of messages. We offer a master's degree and a bachelor's degree with concentrations in:
Our graduate programs emphasize theory and research methods. Graduate study brings you to the edge of the known world, and empowers you to extend that edge by contributing to knowledge. With the master's in communication degree, you'll also learn highly advanced practitioner skills.
Our department is based in Burke-Hawthorne Hall, which is immediately adjacent to Cypress Lake, the most scenic landmark on campus. Our facilities are among the most modern on campus, as our building has recently been completely renovated. Our broadcasting sequence gives students access to high-definition cameras and editing equipment in V. L. Wharton Hall.
Our undergraduate mass communication and public relations programs are accredited by ACEJMC, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. This shows we are meeting national standards with our facilities, faculty, curriculum, diversity and student learning.The department bases its curricula on the professional values and competencies advocated by ACEJMC. These include understanding the importance of free speech and a free press, writing cogently, applying communication theory, doing communication research, valuing a diverse society, thinking critically and independently, and working ethically.