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Mission Statement

Graduate Studies in Communication Mission Statement

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 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: One cannot succeed in any communication-related field without fully understanding Belief 1.

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.

Graduate Program

Dr. Amy Way
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Villanova University - Garey Hall



Our mission is summarized in the University motto: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas. An Augustinian institution, Villanova University values dynamic and diverse community members committed to learning, scholarship and service, and who can contribute to the University’s ongoing conversation regarding ethics, community, and social justice.