Please note: The Add/Drop period has been extended to two weeks.  The new Add/Drop deadline is Feb. 7th.

Communication

Communication is a fundamental social and cultural process, one that’s essential to human interaction and learning. The UMass Amherst Department of Communication emphasizes theories of communication and critical thinking. As a Communication major, you’ll develop analytical abilities that help you understand how communication works, whether in an argument between friends, a political speech, communication through social media or the web, cross-cultural interactions, or a film or television program.

Undergraduate program options include a Bachelor’s degree and a certificate in Media Literacy.

Welcome to the Communication Community

Communication is a fundamental social and cultural process that makes us who we are as people and societies. The UMass Amherst Department of Communication emphasizes theories of communication and critical thinking. As a Communication major, you will develop analytical abilities that help you understand how communication works, whether in an argument between friends, a political speech, communication through social media or the web, cross-cultural interactions, or a film or television program.

Much of our undergraduate curriculum is organized around five areas: Interpersonal Communication and Culture; Media and Popular Culture Studies; Media, Technology, and Society; Rhetoric and Performance Studies; and Film Studies. In addition, we offer a variety of classes that focus on communication skills, including public speaking, writing and screenwriting, research methods, leadership and service learning, and video production. We currently do not offer industry-oriented, how-to classes in public relations, advertising, or broadcasting.

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Add/Drop Deadline: What to Know

Spring 2022 begins on January 25th and before you know it, the Add/Drop period is ending. For additional information, link here.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Add/Drop has been extended to 2 weeks for Spring 2022. The new Add/Drop deadline is Feb 7 …

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New Class: Legal 460 (open to all majors)

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Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising Adrian Grace
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Your Spring Semester Job or Internship Search

Whether you are graduating in May and haven’t found a job yet, or you are an undergrad seeking a summer internship, there is plenty of time, and plenty of opportunities are being posted every day!

And – YOU have to …

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Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Carol Sharick
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Explore Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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First Destination

SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.

Featured Resources

These weekly newsletters, grounded in the understanding that “No one is born knowing how to ‘do college,'” offer a wealth …

The Department of Communication at UMass Amherst advances engaged scholarship in media and communication fostering collaboration among faculty, students, and …

As a liberal arts degree, the BA in Communication prepares you for any career that calls for higher literacy skills, …

We are excited to honor work that addresses issues of social justice and promotes diversity, especially work that celebrates a …

The Department of Communication strongly encourages students to study abroad or go on domestic exchange. Communication majors study all over …

Communication majors are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by the Department, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and …

The Department of Communication urges its students to complete at least one internship during their undergraduate careers.

Communication majors enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College have the option of selecting a Departmental Honors track in Communication.

Research Opportunities

We are excited to honor work that addresses issues of social justice and promotes diversity, especially work that celebrates a …

Communication majors enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College have the option of selecting a Departmental Honors track in Communication.

We’ve dedicated part of our website to research resources. Link here.

 

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