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

Katy Pearce (now at U. of Washington) was elected Vice Chair, and Chengyu Fang was elected...

Giles, H., Maguire, E.R., & Hill, S.L. (Eds.). (2021). The Rowan & Littlefield...

Young Ji Kim (co-PI), along with her collaborators, has been awarded a prestigious US Department...

Amy Gonzales has received a grant for $375,695 from the Family Independence Initiative, a non-...

Events

  • Jonathan Gratch

A Window into Your Soul? Promise and Pitfalls of Automatic Facial Expression Analysis...

  1. October 8, 2021 - 3:30pm

Join the Department of Communication in celebrating the achievements of Communication students,...

  1. June 4, 2021 - 1:00pm to 5:15pm

Save the Date! Attend the 14th annual Communication Career Day—...

  1. April 24, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm