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.


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.

COMM Updates

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COMM Updates - 2/13/2023
Awards A Cornell University team comprising Graduate Student Stephanie Belina won second place at the International Virtual Reality Healthcare Association’s first Healthcare Hackathon Invitational, hosted at Ringling College of Art and Design...
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Events Join us for COMMColloquium Friday, February 9, at 1:00 pm in 102 Mann Library Building. Postdoctoral Associate Miki Matsumuro will present “Cognitive Modeling in Human-Computer, Human-Machine, and Human-Agent Interaction.” The colloquium...
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Happy New Year from the Department of Communication! Awards Several faculty, staff, and graduate students received prestigious awards. Professor Natalie Bazarova received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative...
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Communication in the News

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Deportation threat worsens Latinos’ anxiety, mental health

A hostile environment that threatens Latino noncitizens with deportation is associated with psychological distress among not only Latino noncitizens but also Latino U.S. citizens who aren’t vulnerable to deportation, a Cornell-led research group...

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A new workshop series seeks to uncover and dismantle the sometimes-hidden biases that women and gender-expansive people experience in attaining and being successful in leadership positions. The Gender Inclusive Leadership Series , sponsored by...
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In a recent study published in Social Science and Medicine, a multidisciplinary team sought to deepen regulators’ understanding of how both adults and teens respond to warning labels on e-cigarettes.

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Contact Us

450 Mann Library Building
phone: (607) 254-6278
email: communication [at] (communication[at]cornell[dot]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.

Department Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm
Friday, 8am to 3:30pm