LAComm reception with Cornell's a cappella group The Hangovers

Sen. Bob Kerrey Visit

Study Break Skate!

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Katherine McComas and Mayor Svante Myrick

One COMMunity

Faces of Communication installation

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The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science, ranked among the top five in a recent poll by the National Research Council. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems, and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.  

Alumni/Undergraduate Student Connections

This January, 11 Communication students traveled to Los Angeles to visit alumni in various communication companies. The students were part of the LACOMM seminar, which included on-campus meetings where students researched the companies and alumni they would meet on the trip. Each company offered wonderful insight into their daily lives and allowed our students to develop a better understanding of their companies and their industries. Thank you to all of the alumni who shared their time, those who joined us for receptions at Marix and the Hillcrest Country Club, and the alumni who funded our trip. Our students visited Warner Brothers, Access Hollywood at Universal Studios, NBCUniversal, Century City, TNT and TBS, and Premiere Playa Vista. Check out the group below on the set of Access Hollywood!















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Communication Breakdown: Episode 8

Apr 23, 2018
Episode 8 of the Department of Communication podcast "Communication Breakdown" with host Christopher Byrne. The weekly production will feature faculty, alumni, and perhaps graduate and undergraduate students talking about their research and how it can benefit society with. It aims to be both informative and entertaining.

Episode 8: Neil Lewis, Jr.  Read more

Katherine McComas appointed vice provost for engagement and land-grant affairs

Apr 19, 2018
Professor Katherine McComas will be appointed vice provost for engagement and land-grant affairs by university provost Michael Kotlikoff. Her term begins July 1. In that role, she will serve as the academic lead for university-wide efforts to advance the social sciences: advocate for Cornell’s role as the land-grant university for New York state; monitor and collaborate on responses to the governor’s initiatives in higher education and economic development; and represent the university’s four contract colleges in dealings with the State University of New York, among other duties. Read more
Dean Boor's comments on the new home of the Department of Communication during the Official Dedication on April 8, 2016.