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About Us

The Department of Communication prepares students for careers in a diverse range of communication fields by providing an education with a solid theoretical grounding and an applied, practical focus.  With small classes, award-winning faculty, and paid professional work through our cooperative education program, the Communication experience at RIT is your bridge to a successful future.

We are home to three B.S. degree programs—Communication, Advertising & Public Relations, and Journalism—and an M.S. degree in Communication & Media Technologies.  There are 18 full-time faculty members, including the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, supported by two staff assistants and several student workers.

In addition to its degrees, the Department offers minors in each of its undergraduate areas as well as a three-class Communication Immersion.  RIT students also select our courses as general education electives.

We have long been active in promoting communication scholarship and practice outside the classroom, as well.  The Department organizes the Institute Public Speaking Contest, frequent communication symposia and colloquia, and the annual Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication, which draws students and faculty from throughout the Northeast and beyond.

Department of Communication students are members of a tight-knit community, one that works and plays together.