It is no exaggeration to say that communication forms the fabric of our lives. In all spheres of contemporary global affairs, work, and life, communication plays a central role. As a result, we in the Communication Department see our mission to revolve around two central beliefs:
- Belief 1: As we communicate, whether publicly, interpersonally, organizationally, or via some mass medium, we tell each other who we are, who we have been, and who we can become. It is in and through communication that we forge our lives.
- Belief 2: You cannot succeed in any communication-related field without really understanding belief 1.
In other words, our Department does not aim to simply “train” students, as if Communication is a technical degree. We integrate the theory and practice of Communication, so that courses that teach skills build upon communication concepts, insights, and research techniques. In other words, we strive to provide students with an education in Communication, grounded in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, not a narrow, technical training. The study of communication in the liberal arts tradition focuses on the understanding and use of symbols that create meaning in multiple communicative contexts, including global as well as local 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, ethically, and writing clearly.