About The Department

Mission: The Department of Communication is committed to producing innovative and influential scholarship, service to the discipline and community, and leadership in the discipline and profession of communication. The Department of Communication’s mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate student education that prepares B.A., M.A., M.P.S., and Ph.D. students to successfully enter their chosen careers in communication and related fields through our educational leadership in communication research, theory, and practice. The Department achieves this mission through the pursuit of the study of the strategic use of discourse in the public sphere.

The Department of Communication is committed to promoting a broad spectrum of voices and views resulting from a heterogeneity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality among faculty, students, and staff.

To read Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity: Task Force Report and College Implementation Plan, from the College of Arts & Humanities, click here.

Students have studied Communication in its many different forms at the University of Maryland since the university's earliest beginnings. In courses from public speaking to mediated communication, from public relations to intercultural communication, UM students continue to learn about the history, processes, and effects of human communication.

A degree in Communication is still one of the most sought after at UM—we're a top ten most popular undergraduate major on campus. And we are the largest undergraduate major in the College of Arts & Humanities.

We are also a top ten graduate program in faculty research, program reputation, and faculty publications. At the graduate level, our award-winning faculty trains the future researchers and teachers of Communication. We pursue research in the following areas: Communication Science & Social Cognition; Public Relations & Strategic Communication; and Rhetoric & Political Culture. We confer both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication, and the M.P.S. degree in Interpreting and Translation, and our graduates are working in government, industry, and the public sector as well as teaching and researching at some of the finest universities in the world.

Come and visit—take a look at our Web site—learn why Communication at UM is at the center of it all!