The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science, ranked among the top five by the National Research Council.
Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.
Our Programs & Research
Our carefully constructed curriculum provides a core of contemporary communication knowledge, theory and practice: Students learn how communication influences attitudes, opinions and behaviors; how communication systems work in society; and how to apply this understanding of communication to solve problems, sustain the environment, reach the public with new knowledge, and manage the intricate networks of technologies.
Our faculty and associated Graduate Field of Communication ensure that students are familiar with a wide range of tools, theories and methods, and can use these skills in original empirical research that asks and answers theoretically driven, socially relevant questions. Drawing from Cornell’s outstanding scholars and resources in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities, our students find new ways to investigate how communication shapes society.
Research & outreach
We engage in a rich variety of research at the cutting edge of the field of communication and related disciplines, conducting research in many different areas. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to explore faculty research areas and contact individual faculty members if interested in getting involved with research. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to do research.
Communication in the News
The National Science Foundation has awarded Cornell $2 million to oversee the first federally funded midterm election survey in 20 years, engaging multiple partners and diverse methodologies.
Because of their scholarly accomplishments and commitment to advancing global knowledge about communication, professors Lee Humphreys '99 and Jeff Niederdeppe have been elected as Fellows in the International Communication Association.
Michael L. Huyghue ’84, a former NFL general manager, has provided recommendations for improving diversity, equity and inclusion in hiring practices and is meeting with each team’s leadership.
Solving problems like climate change could require dismantling rigid academic boundaries, so that researchers of various backgrounds may collaborate through an “undisciplinary” approach.
450 Mann Library Building
phone: (607) 255-2601
email: communication [at] cornell.edu
We are located on the 4th floor of Mann Library, accessible only by the stairs/elevators within the library, which are just past the circulation desk.
Monday - Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm
Friday, 8am to 3:30pm