UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University (Research I) , is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, is in the top 50 U.S. universities in federal research funding, and is among the top 200 universities in the world.

Recently ranked in the top 50 worldwide, the Department of Communication at UIC focuses on New Media, and offers a BA, MA and PhD with emphasis in:

social media + social networks        political communication

mass media + journalism studies    cultural studies
gaming + game studies                     intercultural communication
mobile media                                      health communication
policy + platform politics                  science + technology studies
human augmentics                            social computational sciences

We collaborate with the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory, the pre-eminent virtual reality and high-speed networking research site in the world. The Department is the birthplace and current home of New Media and Society, the leading journal in the field, and the only department to host four journals, also including the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Mobile Media and Communication and the new, open access and free journal, Social Media & Society.

For more information about us, read our Mission Statement.


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