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The Department of Communication and Media boasts a nationally and internationally renowned faculty with training in a wide variety of disciplines. Because our faculty have Ph.D.s in fields as diverse as psychology, political science, history, American studies, sociology, communications and media studies, we can offer broad-based training and a range of courses to our students. 

The department is committed to the study of mass media and emerging media. Our faculty and PhD students are involved in cutting-edge research about the media’s impact on individuals and society using both a quantitative social science approach, as well as a humanistic, qualitative, and criticual-cultural approach.

Overall, faculty and graduate student research interests are organized around five broad, interconnected research areas: computer mediated communication, critical media studies, global and comparative media, media psychology, political communication.