Dr. Amy Way
Director of Graduate Studies
Villanova University - Garey Hall
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:
In other words, this graduate program does not aim solely to develop skills, as would a technical degree. We integrate the theory and practice of Communication, so that courses that teach skills build upon communication concepts, insights, and approaches to research. We strive to provide students with an education in Communication, grounded in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, rather than 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, global and local. 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 ethically, and writing clearly.