Our department produces ground-breaking scholarship and teaching that expands the boundaries of knowledge in the Communication discipline. Generally, we examine problems of human interaction, participation, collaboration, deliberation, socialization, and decision-making which occur across a wide variety of settings. Our department fosters scholarship that cuts across academic disciplines, and across the subfields of rhetoric, organizational communication, and discourse and society.
For communication researchers, communication involves much more than simply or automatically transmitting an intended message from point A to point B. Instead, we focus on how the members of society creatively and strategically use symbols to inform and influence each other in variety of settings. In this process, we assume that the central activity of human communicators is the joint and practical creation of meaningful identities, relationships, and communities. Through this process, potentially, we are able to live and work together successfully, sharing our understandings and coordinating our actions. We also assume that communicators will use a variety of channels and media to accomplish these purposes. Communication scholars thus seek to understand and explain these processes, and to promote both ethical and effective communication practices.