About the Department
Communication is a basic feature of human behavior and is fundamental to everyday life. Within the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication conducts research, teaches, and provides services to the University and to the community beyond.
We are committed to the contemporary study of human communication by bridging the humanities and social sciences. We have a long and proud heritage dating to 1891 when we were the Department of Elocution formed at the Arkansas Industrial University. Our name was changed to the Department of Communication in 1980.
Teaching and Scholarship
Teaching and scholarship in the Department focuses on the study of factors and processes related to symbolic messages in interpersonal, public, and mass communication settings. As such, the contexts of friendships and families, business relationships and political systems, cultural interaction, and technological advances are important areas of study in communication. If you are interested in the way people interact through the use of messages and symbols, you will find that the program in communication offers opportunities for scholarship and research. It’s a comprehensive program of study in three broad areas:
- Rhetoric and public communication
- Interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication
- Mass communication
In the mid 1990s, a panel of outside scholars reviewed this Department and determined that our program was "nationally recognized," noting that:
... the Department's "major strength is its faculty whose credentials are superior. The scholarly productivity of the faculty is best described as prolific and exceptional. Scholarship authored by the faculty is of the highest quality, generally published in the discipline's most competitive journals."
There are currently seventeen faculty members in the department. Our faculty members have regularly won awards for their teaching, research, and advising.