Schools, Labs and Centers

School of Communication

We teach students how to express their daring ideas, achieve their goals, and lead in their ever-changing fields.

  • 23

    Undergraduate and graduate programs of study offered across 4 academic departments

  • 16

    Minors that explore an array of communication mediums

  • 6

    Programs and initiatives that provide experiential learning

Communication is at the core of modern life. At Emerson College, the School of Communication’s innovative programs prepare students to be leaders in areas such as public relations, marketing, advertising, journalism, political communication, sports communication, communication disorders, management in the creative industries, and digital media.

The School of Communication is home to four academic departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Journalism, and Marketing Communication. Our faculty have worked in newsrooms, built elaborate websites, consulted for healthcare organizations, worked with children and adults who have hearing impairments, served as corporate public relations managers, developed crisis communication plans, helped political candidates shape and communicate messages, and created award-winning advertising campaigns. Through classes, projects, campaigns, co-curricular activities, and practical demonstrations of effective communication, they work collaboratively with our talented and passionate students to create an immersive and student-centered learning environment.

Our Vision, Mission, & Values

Our Vision: We aspire to be the leaders in communication by providing challenging academics and a hands-on approach that prepares students to change the world.
Our Mission: We value scholarship and real-world skills, preparing students to be innovative storytellers, creative and critical thinkers, writers, and communication practitioners in an increasingly global, diverse, and digital world.
Our Values: We value a diverse and inclusive environment, ethical decision making, freedom of thought and expression, and equality as cornerstones of a democratic society.

Departments in the School of Communication

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Emerson’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders combines classroom learning with clinical experience to prepare students for a rewarding career in speech-language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, and related disciplines.

Communication Studies

In Emerson’s Department of Communication Studies, students study sports communication, political communication, polling, forensics, and more, with the opportunity to participate in and complete projects on a local, national, and even global scale. Communication Studies is home to the internationally renowned Emerson Polling.


Combining traditional and innovative approaches, Emerson’s Department of Journalism equips students with the ability to write compelling, original news stories—and bring those stories to life through broadcast, print, web, and multimedia platforms.

Marketing Communication

For students interested in strategic marketing, marketing communications, or entrepreneurship, Emerson’s Department of Marketing Communication offers courses on branding, advertising, public relations concepts and methods, and more. The Marketing Communication Department houses Business of Creative Enterprises, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Business Studies.

The School of Communication Community


School of Communication faculty are dedicated to challenging students across all disciplines centered on communication.

Experiential Learning in the School of Communication

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