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Department of Communication and Society
Student Services, Murrow 226

Department Chair and Professor, A. Tan; Clinical Associate Professor, R. Taflinger; Clinical Assistant Professors, S. Pande, E. Tomson; Assistant Professors, T. Gillig, B. Irom, Y. Nam; Senior Instructor, C. Curtis; Instructors, G. Bedoyan, M. Kistler, L. Tsui.

The Department of Communication and Society offers a Bachelor of Art degree in Communication and Society with majors in: Communication and Technology, Risk and Crisis Communication and Science Communication.

Communication and Society enhances students’ ability to manage innovation and change using technologies, tactics, and theories. Students learn to use mediated and non-mediated communication channels to transform their industries and to address societal issues. This degree prepares students for careers in science, medical, technology, political, and environmental communication, public policy, crisis management, and media promotion and strategy.

Communication and Technology students learn leadership and management of media technology to enhance user engagement with a variety of organizations, online communities and various social landscapes.

Science Communication students learn concepts in public understanding of science, technology and the environment, as well as gain skills in the communication of complex science issues.

Risk and Crisis Communication students develop the knowledge and skills required to design and implement crisis campaigns as well as to steer their organization through times of risk and crisis via effective communication strategies.

Student Learning Outcomes

We expect our graduating students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively through speaking, through writing, and through use of media technology
  • Apply applicable communication skills across situations, goals, and audiences
  • Create effective messages linking organizations and the public
  • Understand cultural implications of their work
  • Use appropriate communication theories to analyze communication problems and recommend effective responses in technology, science, risk, and crisis environments.

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