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University of Maryland students have studied communication in its many different forms since the university's earliest beginnings.

In courses from public speaking to mediated communication and from public relations to intercultural communication, UMD 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 UMD—we're a top 10 most popular undergraduate major on campus. And we are the largest undergraduate major in the College of Arts & Humanities.

We are also a top 10 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. 

Take a look at our website to learn why communication at UMD is at the center of it all!

Our 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 communication for the public good.

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.