Campus Spotlight

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Jan. 7, 2011
Photo by A. Sue Weisler


A Discipline the University Didn’t Know it Wanted, by Patrick Scanlon, professor of communication, offers readers “A Brief History of the Department of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology.” Scanlon traces the study of communication at RIT back to the late 19th century when communication was treated as “a tool to be handled with skill, as is the pencil, and hammer.” Then, beginning in the mid-1980s, a new degree program in professional and technical communication emerged. Over the course of the next few years, the department added degree programs in advertising and public relations and in journalism, and a graduate degree in communication and media technologies.

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