The study of human communication deals with the processes by which humans create and share meaning. It is an interdisciplinary field embracing communication, culture, design, and media. 

The Department of Communication and Media (C&M) emphasizes those human communication processes involved in the creation of meaning in all media, cultures, and modes. 

The M.S. degree can lead to careers in communication, culture, design, and media; or, it can provide a foundation for doctoral study. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric find careers in business, government, and academia.


M.S. and Ph.D. Programs

Graduate Certificates

  • Graphics Certificate
    This certificate program enables non-degree seeking students to develop a focused competency in graphic design theory, research, and practice.


The Department of Communication and Media has special strengths in communication, culture, design, and media. Faculty and graduate students are using interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks to conduct qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in such areas as:


Communication: Cross-cultural Communication; Communication Design; Communication in Context; Metaliteracy; Narrative; Writing


Culture: Cross-Cultural Communication; Heritage; Visual Culture; Computational Thinking; Chinese Language and Culture


Design: Cross-Cultural Design, Communication Design; Graphic Design; Media Design; Design Practice; Design Studies; Design Thinking; Games; Narrative; Writing; Visualization


Media: Digital Media; Games; Social Media; Documentary Films; Computational Thinking; Multimedia Literacy; Narrative; Writing


Please visit C&M Research for more information on research, facilities, and resources.