Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Within these web pages you will find information about our excellent undergraduate and graduate programs, the many national and international distinctions of our exceptional faculty, and the vital role that our alumni play in supporting our educational mission.  We are an active faculty involved in many departmental, professional, and community activities that play a central role in the mission of the University of California.

Communication is a versatile discipline that is vital to a wide array of careers including management, marketing, public relations, advertising, event planning, law, finance, government relations, social services, and media industry.  Our students find employment across a wide range of local, state, national, and global profit and nonprofit organizations.

We invite you to explore our web pages and learn more about our department, our faculty and staff, and our many activities and events.  For students, we hope you will learn more about our major, attend departmental lectures, and become involved in the Communication Association and Lambda Pi Eta.  For communication alumni, we encourage you to return to campus and share your career experiences with students in classrooms and Career Day events. 

Since its inception, our department has garnered considerable national and international recognition, and the faculty and students continue to win many awards.  This recognition stems from exemplary teaching, superior research on socially important topics, and intellectual leadership in the discipline.  We invite you to read about these accomplishments on this web site and to join us in any of our activities.

If you would like to become involved in our departmental and campus activities, please contact me at ndunbar@comm.ucsb.edu

Sincerely,

Norah Dunbar

Chair, Department of Communication