Department of Communication

The Department of Communication offers a comprehensive Undergraduate Program that includes a Major with 8 Specializations, a Minor for Liberal Arts & Sciences students as well as one for Business students, and a 5-year BA/MA Program.

In addition, the Department offers several unique and engaging international experirences, including a Summer in Greece, a Summer Internship in Shanghai, China, and our exclusive Vatican Internship Program.



We offer a comprehensive Master of Arts in Communication, as well as several Certificate Programs.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing an accelerated MA are encouraged to explore our 5-year BA/MA program.

We believe the Communication discipline is a global endeavor. To that end, we have several programs that offer students the opportunity to study, live and work in different cultures:

Welcome to The Department of Communication at Villanova University

The study of communication in the liberal arts tradition focuses on the understanding and use of symbols that create meaning in multiple communicative contexts. The discipline is grounded in ancient rhetorical traditions and is influenced by contemporary intellectual, artistic and technological developments.  Our mission, then, is to produce well-rounded communicators who are capable of speaking and listening well, thinking critically, and writing clearly.

We strive to embody this mission in several ways. Specifically, the department is committed to an intellectual atmosphere that enhances awareness of and respect for human dignity and ethical values. These values prepare students for a changing and multicultural world. In the spirit of building collegiality and community, our faculty integrates effective teaching, research and publication, as well as service to the profession, community and the university. This fosters an environment in which students majoring in Communication are offered the opportunity to participate fully in the professional, academic and extracurricular life of the discipline.

An Interview with Our Graduate Studies Director

MA Program wins prestigious award

Graduate Studies in Communication was recognized recently with the 2015 Award for Outstanding Masters Degree Program from the Masters Education Division, National Communication Association.


Performance Studies Faculty Performs "Good Enough"

Dr. Heidi Rose

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Villanova University Associate Professor of Communication Heidi Rose performed "Good Enough" in Greene Theatre on the campus of Emerson College.

The 2015 Southwick Recital was written by Dr. Rose to celebrate the life of Helen Carlotta Rose, an alumna and 50-year trustee of Emerson College whose legacy of generosity continues to enrich the Emerson experience.

Communication Professor Awarded Fulbright

Susan Mackey-Kalis

Susan Mackey-Kallis, PhD, associate professor, Communication, has been selected for a Fulbright Award to Japan, and will lecture and teach three courses at two Japanese universities—Ochanomizu University and Japan Women's University—for five months next spring. Dr. Mackey-Kallis' grant covers roundtrip travel, a monthly stipend, supplementary allowances, housing, and health and accident insurance. Dr. Mackey-Kallis is an expert in film analysis and commentary, particularly in regard to pop culture. Her areas of expertise include the rhetoric of film, women in contemporary cinema and myth in media and culture.

* Course Description Guide Spring 2016.docx
Check out the COM courses being offered for the Spring 2016 Semester in our Course Descriptions Guide.

Contact Information

Department of Communication
Garey Hall room 28
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-4750
Fax: (610) 519-7749

Spring 2016 IGR Seminars

Intergroup Relations (IGR) is an educational experience about issues of social justice. One-credit IGR courses are designed to prepare students to create dialogues in situations where understanding and listening are needed. We will focus on building relationships among students from different identity groups (e.g., gender, religion, race, ability, socio-economic status, etc.). Students will receive 1 credit in Communication. For more information, go to

Communication Department IRB Submission Manager


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