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Department ofCommunication


We can use the power of communication to make our lives and our world better — if we can learn as much as possible about what shapes how we communicate, how communication shapes us, and how we can communicate with others in ways that shape the common good.

The Communication Department offers a combination of “hands-on” training and rigorous analysis. In our program, students learn the communication skills that employers want — how to report a news story, make a presentation, produce films and television programs, design communication campaigns, and create digital content. But, unlike many other programs, we pay as much attention to helping students develop messages that are informed by research. What moves people? What moves them to act? How do we know how others interpret and interact with our messages? How do we listen to what others have to say and what they need? We draw on a long tradition of theorizing and studying interpersonal, mass, and networked communication to help students answer these questions and communicate effectively.

We provide an education that does not train students what to think and do, but that helps them learn how to think and do for themselves.

  • Stephen Hobbs headshot

    Stephen Hobbs, a Communication major who graduated in 2011, just won a Pulitzer for covering the Parkland High School shooting in Florida.Stephen was at the Sun Sentinel until March, when he left for a job at the Charlotte Observer. 

    He's the second Pulitzer winner the department has produced. The first was Tatiana Sanchez (a communication minor) who won the Pulitzer two years ago for coverage of the Ghost Ship fire. Tatiana is at the SF Chronicle, where she covers race and diversity 

Facts Matter
Facts Matter

Two reporters and SCU grads return to campus to discuss the vital work of journalists on and off campus.

 Francis Ford Coppola
Film, Family, and Italian Culture

Michael Whalen and students in conversation with director Francis Ford Coppola.

Emmy-Nominated Filmmaker Joins SCU Communication Department

Director-producer Nicole Opper tackles social issues through film

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