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 2016, UCSB was ranked 8th among all public universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” list. In 2015, it was officially designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institute--over 27% 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 1200 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

Drs. Tammy and Walid Afifi recently published a paper in collaboration with Comm majors and...

Several undergraduate communication majors, under the supervision of two graduate students, Ben...

Ronald Rice is a member of the Steering Group of a 8-month project headed by the Institute of...

Events

9th Annual Communication Career Day

Saturday, April 29, 2017...

  1. April 29, 2017 - 11:00am

The Department of Communication at UCSB Co-sponsored with Sage Publications invites everyone...

  1. October 21, 2016 - 3:30pm

Please join us for a workshop on imposter syndrome with UCSB's Grad...

  1. October 7, 2016 - 2:00pm

Hello Communication Graduates,

You should have received an a Punchbowl invitation for...

  1. June 12, 2016 -
    11:30am to 1:00pm

Each year the Department of Communication hosts an award ceremony that recognizes graduate and...

  1. June 3, 2016 -
    4:30pm to 6:00pm