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.
Communication Professor Awarded Fulbright
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.