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Department of Communication Studies

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Communication is central to all human activity. At Emerson College, the Department of Communication Studies trains students for leadership in this field from their first day in Boston. Whether on the campaign trail, in the boardroom, conducting a poll, leading a public relations campaign, or dialoguing with family or friends, communication skills are fundamental to success—both personally and professionally.

Crafting a message and selecting the best channel of delivery for a target audience are essential steps in raising issue awareness, motivating an audience, resolving conflicts, and increasing understanding through the art of storytelling in a rapidly changing complex world.

About the Department

Housed in the School of Communication, the Department of Communication Studies takes great pride in being one of the top three Communication Studies programs in the United States. Communication Studies is also the first academic department at Emerson, founded in 1880.

The department offers undergraduate programs in Public Relations, Sports Communication, Political Communication, and Communication Studies and graduate programs in Political Communication, Public Relations, and Sports Communication. Many current Emerson undergraduates have the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in one year through our 4+1 MA programs in Political Communication, Public Relations, and Sports Communication.

Communication Studies faculty are globally renowned teacher-scholars and professional practitioners who teach students to fully appreciate communication theory and practice in leadership roles in all walks of life. Students will be immersed in local, national, and global projects through coursework; internships; co-curricular activities such as the award-winning Emerson College Polling Society and the Communication, Politics, and Law Association; and student organizations.

Experience this short video highlighting a recent Sports Communication trip to FC Barcelona.