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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.

Little Lightbulbs Along the Way

ASG Vice President Ann Codiga ’21 said she felt “like an ant” at her first college. Transferring to Santa Clara changed that, and prepared her for law school.

Honors and Awards

The Communication Department honors the many achievements of students who excelled during challenging times.

Trial and Error

After calling for a do-over on her first college decision, transfer student Caroline McInerney ’21 says Santa Clara let her embrace all of her interests.

    Advising and Resources
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    Michael Whalen, Ph.D., Department Chair

    Vari Hall, 2nd floor, 229