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Who We Are

The Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion is the only program in the Mountain West to combine the theoretical and interpersonal focus of a “communication arts department” with the skills and media focus of “mass communication department.” This combination allows us to offer a dynamic curriculum to everyone who studies in our program - providing them a “leg up” over the competition.

Our faculty embody this dynamism, bringing together diverse experiences and viewpoints both within and outside of the classroom. Areas of specialization include advertising education; crisis communication; image repair; media psychology; narrative; social media and social movements; sport communication and PR; rhetorical analysis and criticism; and visual rhetoric and semiotics.

Our Mission

The Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion is driven by a commitment to creativity, innovation, and relevance. Our strategically integrated curriculum, engaging coursework, and supportive instruction and feedback offer educational experiences that equip students for lifelong success. Undergraduate programs are designed to provide a broad understanding and critical appreciation of the role of communication in human life as well

as marketable skills in current media technologies and knowledge of professional practices. Our graduate program is highly flexible, allowing students to design a learning experience to meet their personal and professional interests. Communication, Media, and Persuasion faculty work together to develop student intellectual curiosity and potential, to produce innovative and relevant research and creative work, and to contribute to the global community as recognized professionals and scholars.