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 masters’ and doctoral degrees, with emphases in the three areas of Discourse and Society, Organizational Communication, and Rhetoric. 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 main areas, two additional themes cut across our graduate courses: communicative dimensions of science, technology, engineering and medicine; and critical / cultural studies of communication.
Our program values the development of the student as a scholar and professional. We believe that this 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.