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.
Communication Department film students get a chance to work with Oscar winners and SCU graduates Blye Pagon Faust and Arthur Schmidt.
Rohit Chopra reflects on political and cultural trends in India and how they intersect with life in the United States in a series of articles and interviews.
Tech journalist Kurt Wagner '12 reflects on his favorite class at SCU and his most rewarding story.