The Communication Department at UCSD is distinctive in a number of ways. Our department brings together faculty and graduate students from many different disciplinary backgrounds, and encourages research that cuts across standard boundaries between disciplines and subfields.
We emphasize research of broad intellectual and social significance, and have a strong focus on scholarship that deals with issues of democracy, diversity, justice and social change. We are particularly known for research that emphasizes historical, comparative, ethnographic and interpretive methods. Areas of particular emphasis in the department include: