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About the department

Founded in 1961, the University of California, San Diego, has rapidly achieved a status of one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and scientific research. It is a campus of spectacular natural beauty, nestled along the Pacific coastline on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland. U.S. News and World Report has ranked UCSD as the 7th best public university in the nation.

The Communication department began as a program of what is now Marshall College in the 1970s. It became the first Communication department in the University of California system in 1982, and is now among the best-known communication departments nationwide and worldwide. The Undergraduate Major in Communication is among the most popular at UCSD, the department's Ph.D. program, with about 50 current students, is known for the innovative scholars it produces.

You can find out more about the department's researchundergraduate study and our graduate program.

How to find us

Department address

Department of Communication #0503
Media Center and Communication Building(MCC)
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive., La Jolla, CA
Phone: (858) 534 4410
Fax: (858) 534 7315


The department is situated on the west side of the UCSD campus, with access from the I-5 via La Jolla Village Drive (UCSD MapLink has further maps of campus and driving directions)