Communication is central to all activity. Whether in the boardroom, electoral, advocacy, public relations or public affairs campaign, on social media, or with your family or friends, communication skills are instrumental to success. Crafting a message, and discovering the right words, and the best channel of delivery, can build issue awareness, resolve interpersonal conflicts, enhance leadership skills, and increase understanding of the rapidly changing complex world we all share. Few would dispute that communication is the most valuable force and asset within an ever changing global environment.
Communication Studies, founded in 1884 as the first department in Emerson College, engages students to appreciate application of theory and practice in leadership roles in all walks of life. From your first day at Emerson, Comm Studies students will be immersed in local, national and global projects through coursework, teamwork, internships, and co-curricular activities such as Emerson College Polling Society, Forensics, and the Communication, Politics, and Law Association. Communication students work with their counterparts in Barcelona, Mexico, Chile, as well as locally in Boston, with the Bird Street Civic Engagement Project and Eleep programs, to make a difference in their communities.
Communication Studies faculty members are engaged teacher-scholars who bring a wealth of professional experiences to the classroom, and emphasize real-world applications and challenges in their classes. In the tight-knit community of Communication Studies at Emerson, professors are guides, collaborators, and mentors as you explore the various fields of politics, advocacy, civic engagement, public relations and negotiation.
We prepare you for leadership on the campaign trail, as an non profit liaison, as a community organizer locally and globally. The principles and practices you develop in Communication Studies -being a strategic and effective communicator, as well as an ethical and critical thinker- are the cornerstones for success.
Our alumni include national as well as global leaders in electoral politics, public diplomacy, project management, corporate communication.
Communication Studies ranks in the top ten of academic majors across college campuses. We invite you be a part of the legacy of success of the first Department of Communication founded in the United States.