The campus’s residential character, its unparalleled physical beauty, its location in an historic city whose cultural life is diverse and whose commitment to preserving the environment is legendary—all provide the ideal setting for an internationally renowned academic community recognized for its excellence and innovation.

In 2016, UCSB was ranked 8th among all public universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” list. In 2015, it was officially designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institute--over 27% of its student population are of Latino/a descent. UCSB also received 4.5/5 stars on Gender Identity/Expression and LGBTQ Policy Inclusion from Campus Pride Index. 

Our faculty members offer over 65 different courses to more than 1200 undergraduate majors and over 25 different courses to our 35 graduate students in three core areas—interpersonal and intergroup communication, organizational communication, and media (from mass to online/digital).

Our department is housed on the fourth floor of the Social Science & Media Studies building.

In our MA/PhD program, you will find the most distinguished faculty in the field working closely with the best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students to conduct research. 

Recent News

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Events

Honors Presentations

  • Friday, June 8, 2018
  • 2:00 pm – 4:15...
  1. June 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Guest Panelists: Drs. Andy Merolla...

  1. April 27, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Comm Department Give Day 2018

Today is UCSB Give Day!  Find out here about the...

  1. April 12, 2018

Guest Panelist: Dr. Miriam Metzger 

Comm grads, please join us for a scholarly writing...

  1. April 6, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

UCSB Department of Communication Lambda Pi Eta Society Presents the Choice Scholar Lecture

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  1. March 2, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm