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About Us

OUR MISSION is to provide understanding of the social, cultural, and cognitive implications of media, as fabric for social life and public engagement.


  • To continue to be a premiere communication and media studies department
  • To harness the generative possibilities of different traditions with shared interests
  • To support teaching and research at the discipline‚Äôs forefronts and foundations
  • To foster public and scholarly appreciation and awareness of communication processes, practices, technologies, and systems


  • Well-being of all stakeholders in the unit and societally
  • Excellence in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring
  • Social justice and the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Interdisciplinarity and appreciation of diverse traditions and approaches
  • Collegiality
  • Integrity