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 2018, UCSB was ranked 5th among all public universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 “Best Colleges” list. In 2015, it was officially designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institute--over 29% 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 1800 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

Jennifer Kam and Monica Cornejo’s paper "A latent profile analysis of undocumented college...

Chantel Haughton and Tammy Affifi were honored with an ICA Interpersonal Division Top Four Paper...

  • Linda Putnam

Linda L. Putnam will receive an honorary doctorate from Aalto University School...

Events

Dr. Amy Gonzales, Department of Communication Colloquium

The...

  1. March 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Choice Scholar

Lambda Pi Eta Choice Scholar Lecture: Can AI mediate communication? Understanding AI in human-to...

  1. March 5, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Communication Association Event: Winter Internship Mixer 

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  1. February 23, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

We are excited to announce the UCSB Communication Alumni Council Virtual Career Series via Zoom...

  1. February 10, 2021 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Communication Association Event: Public Relations Panel

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  1. February 9, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Communication Association Event: Marketing Panel

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  1. January 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm