Communication and Media
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Beginning Fall 2019, we are now the Department of Communication and Media! This name explicitly represents our research and curriculum. For decades, our faculty’s core research and teaching has focused on the role of media in culture and society. In this way, updating our name respects the academic tradition of the department.
The new name also benefits our undergraduate students as they move into the job market. “Communication and Media” reflects our existing coursework, and better conveys to potential employers how our graduates are prepared for media-related jobs.
In Communication and Media, faculty and students examine mediated communication in human life from the individual to the global, including culture, politics, race and ethnicity, identities, history, health, environment, family, journalism and other media industries, and digital and social media, to name a few!
Finally, we recognize the evolving nature and role of media today--and tomorrow--as new communication and media technologies enter our lives continuously. Thus, this name change makes room to include emerging inquiries about communication and media in our teaching and research.
Thank you for coming along on this exciting journey with us!
Professor and Chair, Communication & Media
Our mission is to study and teach about the mass media and emerging media: their evolution, their effects, their uses by everyday people, and their regulation and industry practices. We are dedicated to cultivating a thorough-going media literacy among our students, and to producing cutting-edge scholarship about the media’s impact on individuals and society. We have a highly sought-after and rigorous undergraduate concentration, world-renowned faculty, a prestigious interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and a large cohort of dedicated and successful alumni.