We are an international, interdisciplinary, boundary-spanning graduate program with a vision of social justice.

The emergence of communication as a multifaceted social science discipline is connected to both the search for new perspectives on contemporary problems and the profusion of technologies of communication. Our graduate program approaches communication as the primary social process through which social realities are constituted, maintained, and changed. Those varied processes and contexts constitute the core of our work, with opportunities to pursue communication theory and research in the following areas:

  • Film studies
  • Media effects and popular culture
  • Media, technology, and society
  • Rhetoric and performance studies
  • Social interaction and culture

Our doctoral program is known for its:

  • R1-level research productivity
  • Interdisciplinary, boundary-spanning scholarship
  • Social justice perspective 
  • Comparative and international focus