We believe in the importance of social justice, sustainable environments, engaged scholarship, and interventionist practices. The study of communication, in our department, is devoted to encouraging change toward these ideals. We contribute to better humanistic and scientific understandings of communication through our scholarship in critical/cultural studies; environmental, health, and science communication; interpersonal and organizational communication; media studies and technology; and rhetoric. We value a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, critical, and interpretive Faculty advise students in traditional research as well as creative projects such as documentaries, computer mediated communication, and photography exhibitions that explore and critique social constructions of race, gender, sexuality, and class.
The Department of Communication has five areas of scholarly emphasis. These areas represent the Department's core strengths, and our graduate program is organized around these five areas: