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. Graduate study in the Department of Communication focuses on communication-based problems arising from recent social and technological changes, especially problems associated with processes of interaction, collaboration and participation, deliberation and decision-making. The department offers programs leading to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees with emphases in organizational communication, discourse and society, and rhetoric and culture. Graduate students may pursue research within one of these areas or craft individualized programs of study that cut across the areas and combine humanistic and social scientific methods. In addition to these three areas, the communicative and organizational dimensions of science, technology, and medicine is an emergent theme of scholarship and teaching in our department. Our department emphasizes engaged scholarship that addresses salient social issues.
Our program values the development of the student as a scholar and professional. Our graduate students develop individualized programs of study that either concentrate in one of our thematic areas—organizational communication, discourse and society, and rhetoric and culture—or cut across these areas. That development, to be most productive, should encompass the interests and abilities of the student, the student’s advisor, the student’s committee, and the faculty as a whole. This document conveys the spirit of our graduate program and outlines the expectations held by the faculty for graduate study.