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

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The Communication & Society Residential Academic Program (COMM RAP) is a living-learning community organized around the study and practice of communication as it occurs within—and also shapes—the social, political, institutional, economic, technological, and physical realities that define contemporary society. We explore communication challenges related to, for example, public and political discourse; work and organizational life; collective action and community dialogue; culture and social identity; journalism and strategic communication; interpersonal, family, and group relations; and communication and media technologies. We seek to prepare a diverse student body to participate as thoughtful and effective global citizens in the cultivation of a just society. We thus build student capacities for complex understanding of, reasonable judgment about, and productive intervention in the communication dilemmas they face.

Because communication knowledge is increasingly vital for all citizens, COMM RAP is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to serving first-year students who are curious about communication, regardless of their intended major. We offer a small college environment within a major research institution, thereby helping 200 residents each year to find early and enduring connections with faculty, staff, and peers, and to engage in an interactive, generative learning process that enriches self through community. We offer a unique blend of seminar-style courses with fewer than 20 students, co-curricular programming that extends collaborative learning beyond the formal classroom, hall-wide events that foster a genuine intellectual-residential fusion, and numerous opportunities to encounter and contribute to broader worlds.

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