Department of Communication

Sankofa wins gold at the Student Academy Awards

Sankofa wins gold at the Student Academy Awards

Sankofa wins Gold at the Student Academy Awards!

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Welcome to the Department of Communication at Villanova.

Communication plays a central role in all spheres of human life: contemporary global and local affairs, personal and professional relationships, in-person and mediated spaces. To study communication in the liberal arts tradition is to focus on communication as a complex symbol system present in numerous modes—verbal and nonverbal, oral and written, visual and auditory, embodied and mediated. Here we focus on the understanding and use of symbols to constitute meaning in these multiple communicative contexts.

As a Communication major you will learn to be a well-rounded communicator: you will learn to think ethically, critically and strategically; to speak and write with clarity, passion and eloquence; and to participate in and contribute to genuine dialogue as a good listener.    

The Communication Department is committed to an intellectual and creative 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 university. As a result, students majoring in Communication are offered the opportunity to participate fully in the professional, academic and extracurricular life of the discipline.

Raka Shome, Harron Family Endowed Chair, and Professor,  delivered the prestigious 33rd Annual Aubrey Fisher Lecture at University of Utah, Department of Communication on the topic, "Hindu Nationalism, 'Clean india' Movement, and the Politics of Gender" on October 24, 2019

We welcome new faculty for the 2019-2020 year.

  • Raka Shome, PhD, Harron Family Endowed Chair. Most recently Dr. Shome served as a Senior Visiting Fellow at National University of Singapore. Prior to this she held full-time faculty appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), Arizona State University, and the University of Washington. For fall 2019 she will teach Gender & Film and a rhetoric seminar in Culture and Power
  • Ashley Pattwell, PhD, joins the faculty as assistant teaching professor in the area of Public Relations and Advertising. For fall 2019 she will teach Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, and Advertising.
  • Allyson Volinsky, PhD, joins the faculty as a visiting assistant teaching professor. She recently completed her doctoral studies at The University of Pennsylvania and for fall 2019 will teach courses in Theories of Mass Communication, Media and Politics, and Public Speaking.
Matthew Whiting

Shining a Light on Ethiopian Health Care - Social Justice Documentary. An interview with Senior Communication major Matthew Whiting.

Katarina Mayers '11 CLAS

Katarina Mayers ‘11 CLAS shares how work in political communication made her a successful communicator.


Dron Mandhana

The Importance of Research and Positivity. An Interview with Dr. Dron M. Mandhana.

Contact Information

Dr. Heidi Rose
Performance Studies

Administrative Assistant 
Loretta Chiaverini
Maria DiStefano
Garey Hall, room 28