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Welcome to the Department of Communication & Media!

We study and explain how people use messages and communication to exert influence and construct knowledge, identities, relationships, and societies.

"Communication" is the key term of our age.

Studying communication with us increases advantages for you. Explaining and shaping message and communication dynamics, as a communication professional, sets you apart with insights and skills unavailable elsewhere.

As a communication major, we offer you three unique advantages:

  • consistent focus on key leadership abilities
  • access to the best available theory and scholarship on communication processes
  • hands-on practice using your growing communication insights

We, together, live in a world filled with complexity and challenge. Such challenges demand rigorous preparation, thoughtful learning, and skills honed by pertinent communication research knowledge.

You can find all of that in your studies with us.

Eight of our full-time communication faculty memberseach dedicated to excellence in teaching and mentoring studentslead excellent studies, projects, and outreach.

Each active scholar acts as a valued contributor to key cultural conversations ranging from on campus (and in our community) to worldwide connections. We're devoted to helping you develop the knowledge, ethical foundation, and abilities necessary for success, service, and satisfying living.

We hope you'll visit to meet our faculty, staff, and students. Please contact our office at 503.943.7228 with any questions or requests for more information. We look forward to meeting you.

In warm regard,

Vail Fletcher
Chair, Communication & Media Department