Department of Communication
270 UCB, Hellems 96
Boulder, CO 80309
303-492-8411 (fax)

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1) Organizational Communication (more info)

Faculty teaching and researching in the program area of organizational communication are recognized for critical and interpretive scholarship on the constitutive role of communication in human organizing. We explore connections between organizational change, power, culture, technology, gender, identity, knowledge, and discourse. We focus on both corporate and alternative organizations, including non-profit, community, and stakeholder groups.

2) Discourse and Society (more info)

Students with an emphasis in D&S consider the way communicators’ discourse expression (language, talk, interactional devices, semiotic practices, written texts) reflect and construct societal activities and institutional scenes, as well as how discourse expression varies across different speech communities.

3) Rhetoric (more info)

The rhetoric program area offers a distinctive program integrating contemporary approaches with cultural studies and the interpretive turn in social science. Its faculty are linked by a common interest in the persuasive dimensions of discourse with emphases on the rhetoric of science, vernacular rhetoric and publics, and rhetoric and social thought.

Cross-Cutting Themes (more info)

Critical and Cultural Studies

Faculty at CU Boulder represent some of the foremost critical and cultural scholars in the discipline, represented throughout our areas of program focus. Topics of study include power and control, popular culture, race and gender, and media.

Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine

The communicative dimensions of science, technology, engineering and and medicine (STEM) constitute an expanding theme in departmental research and teaching. Central topic areas include the rhetoric of science and medicine and the history of race in science, computer-mediated communication and collaboration in group, organizational and leisure settings, and the study of technological cultures and discourses.

Interdisciplinary Connections

We foster strong ties with other units on campus including the Center for Humanities and the Arts, the Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society, the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, the Program for Writing and Rhetoric, the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS) and a host of world-class departments and institutes across campus.