The UCSB Department of Communication is a world leader in the social scientific study of communication.

We engage in communication science that is socially relevant, theoretically motivated, and methodologically rigorous. From close relationships to digital media to the workplace of the future, our research and teaching explore communication in the contexts that shape our world. We seek to achieve all of this in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere that respects, celebrates, and advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Department Ranked Among Top COMM Programs in the World
2023 Shanghai Rankings

UC Santa Barbara Ranked 7th Best Public University in the U.S.
2020 U.S. News & World Report


Our Graduate Program

prepares world-class scholars and teachers who shape the field of communication and industry researchers sought for their contributions in society beyond the academy.

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Our Undergrad Program

provides student with knowledge of social science scholarship in communication, pushing them to apply theory and research to pressing social problems.

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Our Faculty

form a supportive and engaged community, made up of internationally recognized scholars, teachers, and leaders in the field of communication.

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Our Alumni

are leaders in their fields and committed members of a vibrant UCSB COMM community.

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