The Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a vibrant community of scholars whose members share a commitment to excellence and innovation in communication research and teaching. The department offers programs leading to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees with emphases in organizational communication, group interaction, and rhetoric.
Our program is consistently top-ranked within the field of communication. A recent National Research Council study listed the research productivity of our faculty in the top twenty percent of doctoral programs in the discipline. Two of our specialties (organizational communication and critical / cultural studies of communication) were among the top 4 doctoral programs in the nation according to NCA’s 2004 reputational study.
Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the communication discipline. They edit journals (currently including Philosophy and Rhetoric, and Journal of Applied Communication Research), hold national and international offices, author and edit major textbooks, and routinely win awards for their teaching, research, and scholarship. Our faculty members include two past presidents of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), and the 1st Vice- President of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA). Within the past decade, awards received by faculty members include the Distinguished Scholar Award from the NCA, NCA’s Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, the Christine Oravec award for Environmental Communication Research, and the Ernest Bormann Book Award from NCA’s Group Communication Division.
Our Graduate Students
Our graduate students come from all over the United States and the world. They develop individualized programs of study consistent with our traditions of innovation, integration, and distinction in communication scholarship, and are routinely placed for further study and employment in top programs and positions world-wide. Through formal training programs and informal activities, they hone skills in teaching, research and service that lead to successful and meaningful careers – both in academe and industry.
CU-Boulder is the premier research institution in the Rocky Mountain region. The University is a Tier 1 research institution that received more than $280 million in sponsored research awards for the 2008 fiscal year, placing us 13th nationally and 6th among all public universities. The University was recently ranked 10th worldwide among public research universities by the Economist. With three Nobel Prize winners and seven MacArthur Fellowships among the faculty, research is a central goal fully integrated into the educational mission to generate cutting edge knowledge, educate inquisitive minds, and train future leaders for a global, technology-intensive society.
Boulder is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the nation. Boulder is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 35 miles northwest of Denver. The city is famous for several features, such as: its beautiful setting (including a greenbelt of city parks and open spaces), its active recreational lifestyle (including easy access to hiking, biking, and skiing), its lively cultural atmosphere (including diverse restaurants and museums), its concentration of highly-educated professionals (Forbes magazine named Boulder “America's smartest city” in 2008), and its green ethos (including an outstanding public transportation system, and a large number of natural product retailers). Its mountain climate averages more than 300 days of sunshine and 100 inches of snow each year. Boulder thus offers the best of mountain life with easy access to a major urban center.