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

The following papers (and others to be added soon!) have been accepted for presentation at the...

Paul, G. D., Geddes, D., Jones, T. S., & Donohue, W. A. (2016). Revitalizing conflict...

Drs. Tammy and Walid Afifi recently published a paper in collaboration with Comm majors and...

Events

Empowering Pre-Comm and Comm Majors: An Informational Session with an Emphasis on...

  1. January 31, 2017 -
    3:30pm to 5:00pm

Wednesday night (1/18) the UCSB chapter of the American Marketing Association will host its...

  1. January 18, 2017 - 6:30pm

Welcome back, Pre-Comm and Comm majors!

Communication...

  1. January 17, 2017 - 6:30pm

Racial Microaggressions in Higher Education: Doing the Difficult Work of Building a Diverse and...

  1. December 2, 2016 -
    3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Department of Communication at UCSB Co-sponsored with Sage Publications invites everyone...

  1. October 21, 2016 - 3:30pm