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.
About Our Program
The Department of Communication offers a program of studies leading to a bachelor of arts in communication. The major prepares students for a wide variety of graduate studies and for careers in the communication industry. A minor in digital filmmaking or journalism is also available. Students explore the theories, research methods, responsibilities, institutional structures, and effects of mass communication, interpersonal communication, strategic communication, and computer-mediated communication. The major also integrates theory with practice. We help students to apply their knowledge of the communication process to create their own speeches, films, television programs, journalism, Web content, and communication and marketing campaigns. Many of our students go directly to work in these fields after graduation.
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.
Faculty & Staff
- Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Professor
Michael Whalen is a documentary filmmaker who teaches screenwriting, film/tv production and history courses on Hollywood and the U.S. film/television industry. Prior to returning to Santa Clara to teach, he spent 10 years living in Los Angeles as a working television writer, producer and director.
News & Events
The Communication Department honors the many achievements of students who excelled during challenging times.
Instead of written reports, Associate Professor Justin Boren asks students to create short video presentations.
"Creative Cafes" link students with the world of media and entertainment
Life After SCU
The summer Olympics are back and Jack Benjamin ’18 will be on the call for NBC Sports.
Mariana Perera '20 will use her fellowship to study disability rights policy in Brazil
Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hobbs '11 reflects on the emotional toll of covering the Parkland school shooting and how SCU influenced his journalism career.