About the department

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The Department of Communication offers degrees oriented to research and theory about a central issue in life of the 21st century: dynamic and complex human and mediated communication. The B.A. program is comprehensive, spanning the old boundaries that once divided the discipline into speech and journalism departments and instead offering courses that teach life skills firmly rooted in the liberal arts and sciences.

Graduate programs train students to generate new knowledge about communication. The M.A. program emphasizes two areas, media and intercultural studies, and students also bridge the older divisions of the discipline by applying ideas and methods from one to the other area of emphasis. The PhD program focuses on technology, a key factor that has transformed the discipline: the rise of interactive digital communication.

Faculty research is intellectually adventuresome, crossing divides and mixing methods, and has strengths in:

  • new technology
  • political communication
  • intercultural diversity (including race, ethnicity, and gender/sexuality)
  • visual communication

The faculty works closely 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 hosts two more eminent journals, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and Mobile Media and Communication.

UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University, 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. The campus is in the heart of Chicago, just west of the business and financial Loop, art and cultural centers, and major media and entertainment facilities.

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