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Communication & Society

Department of Communication and Society

Communication and Society enhances students’ ability to manage innovation and change using modern technologies, tactics, and theories. Students learn to utilize mediated and non-mediated communication channels to purposefully transform their chosen industry – ultimately making themselves, their networks and their organizations fit to address pressing societal and political issues. This degree prepares students to build connectivity and enhance communication for in-demand jobs in medical and environmental communication, political and public policy, crisis management, non-profit organizations, and digital media promotion and strategy.

Career Success

Graduates from the Communication & Society program work in a range of professions such as writer or editor, public information officer, campaign designer, media and social media manager.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Society
Major options include: Communication and Technology; Risk and Crisis Communication and Science Communication

Course Requirements

Contact Information

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Washington State University
PO Box 642520
Pullman WA, 99164-2520
(509) 335-1556

Department Chair

Elizabeth Blanks Hindman

Students in Communication & Society gain foundational knowledge in media, culture, and international contexts. Specific skills development includes models of persuasion, informative and persuasive writing, communication analytics, leadership and relationship management, targeted message design, and social media content creation and promotion.
Myiah using VR headset
Communication and Society students specialize in one of three areas:

Communication and Technology:
Learn leadership, entrepreneurship, and management of digital media to enhance user engagement within a variety of organizations, online communities, and various social landscapes.

Science Communication:
Learn concepts in public understanding of science, technology, and the environment, as well as gain skills in effective and innovative communication of complex and controversial science issues.

Risk and Crisis Communication:
Develop the knowledge and skills required to design and implement crisis campaigns at the individual and societal levels, as well as steer their chosen industry through times of risk and crisis via effective communication strategies.

Research

Facilities and Labs

Faculty

Christine Curtis
Christine Curtis
Instructor
Graduate Coordinator
MURROW 226
Elizabeth Hindman
Elizabeth Hindman
Chair, Communication & Society
Associate Professor
GOERTZENCADD 209
Jay Hmielowski
Jay Hmielowski
Assistant Professor
MURROW 106D
Myiah Hutchens
Myiah Hutchens
Assistant Professor
MURROW 200B
Bimbisar Irom
Bimbisar Irom
Assistant Professor
JACKSON 365A
Yujung Nam
Yujung Nam
Assistant Professor
MURROW 205
Somava Pande
Somava Pande
Instructor
JACKSON 200B
Jeffery Peterson
Jeffery Peterson
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Associate Professor
MURROW 207
Lora Tsui
Lora Tsui
Lecturer
GOERTZEN HALL 101