About

The Department of Communication Studies offers students an interdisciplinary and dynamic milieu where they can develop comprehensive and critical awareness of diverse communication and media environments. Our approach to communication emphasizes the questioning and analyzing of media and technology in their relationship to social and cultural practices and the circulation of ideas and values.

Our goal is to help students develop knowledge and critical understanding of the central concepts, theories and methods of the field, as well as the ability to think critically and analytically through the use and application of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to a variety of communication phenomena.

The research interests of our faculty reflect our diversity and excellence as a Department. Our faculty engage with communications from diverse vantage points ranging from media policy, politics and power, international development and gender and identity. These faculty interests are reflected in our comprehensive curriculum which ranges from traditional forms of mass communication to mobile technologies, web 2.0 and nanotechnology.

In today’s media-centric and technologically saturated environment, knowledge of communication is essential for both professional and everyday life. We teach students to question, analyze and creatively reflect on the wide range of media systems and communication technologies that permeate our lives. This includes:

  • How communication processes and information technologies can be used to profoundly shape and transform societies, from strengthening local communities to establishing global networks.
  • How culture and media are intrinsically intertwined, from the expression of identities and social relations to the circulation of ideas and the shaping of social and political values.
  • How struggles to create, define and regulate public, not-for-profit and for-profit communication systems are implicated in broader issues around citizenship, corporate power, and public accountability.

Our courses encompass three thematic areas which are representative of primary disciplinary approaches within the field of communications studies. These areas are:

  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Politics and Policy
  • Critical Technology Studies

If you are interested in applying to the Department find out more about the application process here.