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. 

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Events

  • Tom Bracken

Tom Bracken is a senior marketing and business building-executive with more than 20 years of...

  1. May 11, 2022 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
  • 2022 UCSB Comm Career Day

Communication Career Day is an annual professional development event for UCSB...

  1. April 30, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

This talk will present an ongoing book project, co-authored with Dr. Ioana Literat. In this book...

  1. April 26, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Our 2022 Choice Scholar is Dr. Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at the London...

  1. April 14, 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

March 9 6 pm PT: People + Culture Careers: HR, DEI, Learning, Coaching, and Beyond with...

  1. March 9, 2022 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm