UMass Communication Department

UMass Communication Department We pursue research, teaching and outreach rooted in an understanding of communication as the primary process through which persons, societies, and cultures are formed and change at global, national, institutional, group, and interpersonal levels.

Communication is a fundamental social and cultural process, one that’s essential to human interaction and learning. The UMass Amherst Department of Communication emphasizes theories of communication and critical thinking. As a Communication major, you’ll develop analytical abilities that help you understand how communication works, whether in an argument between friends, a political speech, communication through social media or the web, cross-cultural interactions, or a film or television program.

Mission: Our mission in Communication is to pursue research, teaching and outreach rooted in an understanding of communication as the primary process through which persons, societies, and cultures are formed and change. While many study communication as phenomena in the world, our department takes communication as not only data, but as its primary theoretical concern. Our scholarly mission is to undertake research in communication processes at global, national, institutional, group, and interpersonal levels; to promote a consciously critical disposition in communication research, where familiar questions are expanded and recast, sometimes combining research methods and strategies that elsewhere would be considered unusual bedfellows (e.g. rhetoric and performance, content analysis and textual criticism; criticism and survey research); and to address matters of pressing social and cultural concern through the lens of communication as a process essential to our survival as a species and a polity, e.g. cultural, social and economic participation, citizen engagement and information access, environmental and cultural sustainability, and media influence.

Check out the details on a new TV commercial! Participants will be compensated.
06/29/2019

Check out the details on a new TV commercial! Participants will be compensated.

A big congrats to UMass Communication Department doctoral graduate Bohyeong Kim, who recently finished her first year as...
06/26/2019
Winner of the 2018 Cultural Studies and Stuart Hall Foundation Award - Stuart Hall Foundation

A big congrats to UMass Communication Department doctoral graduate Bohyeong Kim, who recently finished her first year as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, and recently won the Cultural Studies and Stuart Hall Foundation Award https://bit.ly/2XxUiLE

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Cultural Studies and Stuart Hall Foundation Award for Early Career Researchers is Bohyeong Kim of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA (now Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University), with the paper ‘Think rich, feel hurt: the cri...

06/19/2019
Videographer Intern in Boston, Massachusetts | Careers at NOBULL

ATTN UMass Communication Department majors: NOBULL is currently seeking a videographer intern to join their fast-paced content creation team. This individual will participate in product and brand shoots both in studio and offsite. If you are a talented student or recent grad with a passion for videography, this could be the perfect opportunity to gain the professional experience that you are looking for! https://bit.ly/2IVWBi5

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A warm welcome to our new UMass Communication Department students!
06/04/2019

A warm welcome to our new UMass Communication Department students!

It's the first day of this year's summer NSO, and we're so pleased to welcome the Class of 2023 to campus! ☀️ What do you remember from your NSO experience?

[📸: @umassnso on Instagram]

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05/30/2019

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When I lived on campus still, and it was warm out, we’d get blankets and sit on the grass in either Southwest or O’Hill. We’d play music, read, or do work, and then go to a dining hall after. It felt so peaceful and cool, to just be with all of your friends and make those memories.

It may sound cliche, but be true to yourself. Don’t mold to anyone, because at the end of the day, you’ll realize that you’re not in the right friend group if you mold to people. If you stay true to yourself, that energy is going to radiate, and the people that you’re supposed to be friends with will shift towards you naturally. Since UMass is such a big school, there’s so many different people that you’re meeting, and it can make it easier to find your tribe. But also, throughout the four years, we’re all growing so much. I’m definitely not the same person I was freshman year and neither are my friends now. Some people grow further apart than others, and there’s always going to be some drama or something going on. But at this point, I’m spending pretty much all of my time with my friends that have lasted, and we watch each other go through so many different things. And you have to be grateful for that.

Abbey Wozniak
Major: Communication and Psychology at College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst, College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
Abbey is a member of UMass Dance Company and involved with The Boltwood Project.

UMass Communication Department's cover photo
05/30/2019

UMass Communication Department's cover photo

Lots of great summer #online classes. Want to learn more about #newsproduction and how it impacts public opinion? Check ...
05/22/2019
Special Topics- News and Public Opinion : Continuing and Professional Education : UMass Amherst

Lots of great summer #online classes. Want to learn more about #newsproduction and how it impacts public opinion? Check out this 2nd session UMass Communication Department course which starts July 8. https://bit.ly/2VHFLYW

This course is designed to offer a framework for understanding the processes involved in news production and its impact on public opinion. We will examine various social forces that shape news content, including individual, political, economic, and institutional factors. We will also examine researc...

At Saturday's Meet & Greet in the UMass Communication Department Hub, family and friends of our grads had a chance to mi...
05/13/2019

At Saturday's Meet & Greet in the UMass Communication Department Hub, family and friends of our grads had a chance to mingle with their professors before the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst senior celebration. #UMassgraduation (Photos by Nii Nikoi)

We salute all of our UMass Communication Department graduates. Here are some of our doctoral students who will be hooded...
05/10/2019

We salute all of our UMass Communication Department graduates. Here are some of our doctoral students who will be hooded today, and taking the baton to train the next generation of Comm majors. We're so proud of all of our graduates! Pictured with Professor Mari Castañeda, Professor Erica Scharrer, and Associate Professor Emily West.

You can still RSVP for the UMass Communication Department Meet & Greet, scheduled for Sat, May 11 at 10:30 AM. We're cel...
05/09/2019

You can still RSVP for the UMass Communication Department Meet & Greet, scheduled for Sat, May 11 at 10:30 AM. We're celebrating our seniors! https://bit.ly/2VozqWM

Just two weeks before the start of the first #summer online session. Here's your chance to get ahead. Convenient, conden...
05/06/2019

Just two weeks before the start of the first #summer online session. Here's your chance to get ahead. Convenient, condensed UMass Communication Department classes, in the comfort of your home. https://bit.ly/2VkoqJW

Are you looking for a summer job and you have work study grants. Check out Amherst Survival Center for more info.
05/06/2019

Are you looking for a summer job and you have work study grants. Check out Amherst Survival Center for more info.

Do you know that UMass students with Work Study grants can WORK here over the summer - and get paid? 25-30 hours/week in either the Kitchen, Pantry or Store! Email [email protected] for more information.

We congratulate Jaclyn Nicholson on being a 21st century leader. She is a UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College stud...
05/03/2019
Ten Outstanding Graduates to be Honored as 21st Century Leaders at UMass Amherst Commencement | Commencement 2019 | UMass Amherst

We congratulate Jaclyn Nicholson on being a 21st century leader. She is a UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College student from Gardner, Massachusetts receiving dual degrees from marketing and UMass Communication Department, along with a certificate in media literacy. She will be honored at Commencement on Friday, May 10. https://bit.ly/2PKZXra

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will honor the exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership of some of its most talented and accomplished graduating seniors during Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 10 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m. Ten members...

A few photos from yesterday's UMass Communication Department Sr BBQ. It was a little chilly, but still a great event! Th...
05/02/2019

A few photos from yesterday's UMass Communication Department Sr BBQ. It was a little chilly, but still a great event! Thanks to all those who organized it, and to everyone who attended!

The COMM senior BBQ has just started! Seniors join us at East Pond Lawn between Fine Arts Ctr and ILC.
05/01/2019

The COMM senior BBQ has just started! Seniors join us at East Pond Lawn between Fine Arts Ctr and ILC.

Thanks everyone - we did it! We unlocked the $25,000 generous donation from Elaine Nord '81 for internship scholarships....
05/01/2019

Thanks everyone - we did it! We unlocked the $25,000 generous donation from Elaine Nord '81 for internship scholarships. UMass Communication Department can't thank you enough! With your help we'll be able to give more students more life-changing experiences. Our department raised a total of $28,130.

Thanks to all who've donated so far. We're just $250 away from unlocking a $25,000 challenge from alum Elaine Nord '81! ...
04/30/2019

Thanks to all who've donated so far. We're just $250 away from unlocking a $25,000 challenge from alum Elaine Nord '81! Please help us cross the finish line strong with your donation. Your support during #UMassGives makes a significant impact on students like Casey Lyons, who was able to study abroad in Portugal for a semester. Make a gift today so we can provide more experiential learning opportunities: bit.ly/UMassGives-Comm

04/29/2019
#UMassGives

If UMass Communication Department can reach its goal of $2,000, an alum will generously donate $25,000 to support internships in Communication. "UMASS taught me to explore both creatively and practically through classroom and internship/work experiences. With this foundation, I have benefitted from life changing experiences. By providing internship scholarships, I am honored to help students to explore opportunities in creative communications and hopefully have some life changing experiences of their own!" - Elaine Nord ’81 http://bit.ly/UMassGives-Comm #UMassGives

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Support UMass Communication Department during #UMassGives, today and tomorrow, and help our students gain the experience...
04/29/2019

Support UMass Communication Department during #UMassGives, today and tomorrow, and help our students gain the experience they need in and out of the classroom. Give now! bit.ly/UMassGives-Comm

#UMassGives is a time for all of us to give back to UMass Amherst. Let’s make #UMassGives 2019 on April 29 and 30 the ...
04/27/2019

#UMassGives is a time for all of us to give back to UMass Amherst. Let’s make #UMassGives 2019 on April 29 and 30 the best ever!

We have some of the most talented students at UMass Amherst. Last night, at the 2019 Comm Student Showcase & Awards Cere...
04/25/2019

We have some of the most talented students at UMass Amherst. Last night, at the 2019 Comm Student Showcase & Awards Ceremony, UMass Communication Department students were honored for their work in five areas: Audio-visual, Civic engagement/Community-based work, Research, Speech/performance, and Writing. A few of them also showcased their work for the audience. Here are a few photos of some of this year's winners.

Coming up in about an hour. Please join us to honor and cheer on fellow Comm students in the 2019 UMass Communication De...
04/24/2019

Coming up in about an hour. Please join us to honor and cheer on fellow Comm students in the 2019 UMass Communication Department Student Showcase & Awards, in the ILC Comm Hub at 5 PM. Refreshments will also be served.

UMass Communication Department Assistant Professor, Devon L. Greyson, is co-author of a column about how ostracizing par...
04/23/2019
Opinion: Instead of vilifying anti-vaxxers, we’ll be better off finding ways of reaching them

UMass Communication Department Assistant Professor, Devon L. Greyson, is co-author of a column about how ostracizing parents who refuse to vaccinate their children is not a workable policy because it doesn’t resolve the basic problem of stopping the spread of preventable diseases. Greyson says parents who are hesitant about vaccinations may have good reasons to doubt the medical system and adding stigma and criticism is unhelpful. https://tgam.ca/2W0pQWw

Amidst a measles outbreak in B.C, we have to find new ways of convincing the unconvinced about life-saving vaccines

Mark your calendars! #UMassGives, 29-30 April, is one week from today.
04/22/2019

Mark your calendars! #UMassGives, 29-30 April, is one week from today.

Where to find public service fellowships...
04/18/2019
13 Public Service Fellowships for Recent Graduates | ProFellow

Where to find public service fellowships...

These fellowships are for recent graduates who are ready to dive into the public service sector. They cover a variety of fields in the public service industry, from outdoor, civic, and community life to government work and teaching.

UMass Communication Department Associate Professor Emily E. West, says reaction in The Boston Globe to news in that some...
04/16/2019
So there are people behind Alexa’s curtain. Will anyone care? - The Boston Globe

UMass Communication Department Associate Professor Emily E. West, says reaction in The Boston Globe to news in that some Amazon employees are listening to commands that users give to Alexa, the voice of the Amazon Echo Dot, is likely to be limited. The company says the people monitoring the devices don’t have access to personally identifying information, but some consumers still say they object to what they view as a loss of privacy.
http://bit.ly/2KIwX4w

A report this week revealed how deeply involved human beings are in supporting Amazon’s audio devices.

Join us for the UMass Communication Department Senior BBQ, May 1st from 12-2 pm! The event will be at the East Pond Lawn...
04/11/2019

Join us for the UMass Communication Department Senior BBQ, May 1st from 12-2 pm! The event will be at the East Pond Lawn by the Fine Arts Center.

Please RSVP by April 26th.
http://bit.ly/2IesWTD

Join us tomorrow, April 9th from 4-6 pm at the UMass Communication Department, Comm Hub for "Margins: A Dialogue on Race...
04/08/2019

Join us tomorrow, April 9th from 4-6 pm at the UMass Communication Department, Comm Hub for "Margins: A Dialogue on Race and Gender with Scholars of Color". Scholars of Color in Communication (SCC) invites you to their second annual public dialogue with faculty from across the Five College Consortium.

04/03/2019
Producing PSAs on consumer culture: youth reception of advertising

UMass Communication Department Professor Erica Scharrer has recently published research along with grad Kylie Lanthorn, where they investigated how school-based media literacy can help encourage boys and girls to be more critical about advertisements directed at them.

To read more: https://bit.ly/2I9k7JS
https://bit.ly/2FMIHxl

(2019). Producing PSAs on consumer culture: youth reception of advertising. Critical Studies in Media Communication: Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 58-74.

This Thursday, April 4, join us in the UMass Communication Department Hub for Major League Pitching: How to Score in any...
04/02/2019

This Thursday, April 4, join us in the UMass Communication Department Hub for Major League Pitching: How to Score in any interview with UMass Amherst alum Heidi Berenson, at 4 PM.

UMass Communication Department congratulates Assistant Professor Kimberlee Pérez, recognized for exceptional teaching, ...
03/28/2019

UMass Communication Department congratulates Assistant Professor Kimberlee Pérez, recognized for exceptional teaching, mentoring, impacting students. Pérez has been awarded one of 2 Outstanding Teaching Awards from College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst.

Congrats to Mark Pachucki of UMass Amherst Sociology and Kimberlee Pérez of UMass Communication Department, for being awarded the 2019 SBS Outstanding Teaching Awards! This award celebrates exceptional teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development efforts, and their impact on students.

Full announcement here: http://bit.ly/sbs-outstanding-teaching

Today’s the last day to submit your work for UMass Communication Department Student Showcase and Awards. Submit your w...
03/25/2019

Today’s the last day to submit your work for UMass Communication Department Student Showcase and Awards.

Submit your work here: https://tinyurl.com/yxo7ab2b

Join us tomorrow March 21st at 4pm in the Comm Hub for guest speaker, Michelle Cardinal, UMass graduate (89') as she sha...
03/20/2019

Join us tomorrow March 21st at 4pm in the Comm Hub for guest speaker, Michelle Cardinal, UMass graduate (89') as she shares her story about her journey from successful business owner to homeless advocate and how they are connected.

Join us Friday, March 22 at 2 PM in the ILC Comm Hub for guest speaker David Hesmondhalgh and his talk on "Media Industr...
03/19/2019

Join us Friday, March 22 at 2 PM in the ILC Comm Hub for guest speaker David Hesmondhalgh and his talk on "Media Industries and Digital Platforms." He will discuss the increasing power of streaming services as intermediaries to music and television content and how it brings with it the increasing penetration of tech companies into the realm of culture. Also, prior to his talk, our UMass Communication Department grad students will participate in a mentoring lunch at 1 PM.

Michelle Cardinal '89, a UMass Communication Department alum, transformed her business and her private mission. On Thurs...
03/18/2019

Michelle Cardinal '89, a UMass Communication Department alum, transformed her business and her private mission. On Thursday, March 21 in the ILC Comm Hub at 4 PM, she'll share how she transformed her business and her personal mission. Cardinal is the founder and CEO of R2C Group, one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the country, and a prominent voice in the movement to address #homelessness in #Portland, Oregon.

The 26th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is proud to announce its screening of the top picks from the F...
03/06/2019

The 26th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is proud to announce its screening of the top picks from the Five College Student Film Festival. The screening will begin at 7:30PM tonight in the Isenberg Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137).

Congratulations to UMass Communication Department Professor for being awarded a Research Fellowship to study Cannabis Us...
03/04/2019

Congratulations to UMass Communication Department Professor for being awarded a Research Fellowship to study Cannabis Use Decision-Making in Pregnancy.

Devon Greyson, assistant professor of health communication, has been named a The Center for Research on Families - UMass Amherst Research Scholar for 2019-20. Read more: https://bit.ly/2ENiorz

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