Communication is central both to a democratic society and to membership in the global community. The faculty of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is dedicated to creating knowledge and facilitating learning about the production and interpretation of messages. Combining programs that integrate fundamental communication domains, we are uniquely positioned to disseminate knowledge in a world where interpersonal and mediated communication converge.
We are dedicated to educating professional, ethical, and socially responsible citizens. Such an education shall provide students with an understanding of the social, political, and ethical implications of communication. We are committed to developing in students a dedication to lifelong learning, communication skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, appreciation of diversity, and professional excellence. Our students learn through traditional teaching methods, innovative approaches to learning and application of professional skills and knowledge. In addition to undergraduate instruction, graduate education is an important component of our mission. Thus, we are also dedicated to guiding exceptional students' development as teachers, researchers, and leading professionals.
Research is necessary to fully serve our constituencies including students, industry, policy makers, and the communication discipline. As active members of a Research I institution, we are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge regarding the complex and multifaceted nature of communication. We pursue quality research that respects and is informed by diverse disciplines, perspectives, and methods and strive to contribute knowledge with both theoretical and practical implications. Because research enhances teaching, we aim to develop and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between research and instruction.
As citizens, we endeavor to share our expertise and abilities with the broader community. We are committed to the advancement of the University and local, national, and international communities through service activities beyond research and instruction. Such activities are exemplified by faculty outreach to various community and industry groups, and by faculty participation in decision making at all levels of the University.
Seeking understanding of communication and its role in society, teaching that understanding in the classroom and beyond, and applying our knowledge in the broader community thus comprise the mission of the College of Communication.