Office: 585 Manoogian Hall; 313-577-2943
Chairperson: Katheryn Maguire

The Department of Communication, in the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, offers graduate study leading to a doctoral degree, master's degree, and  graduate certificate. The Department includes about thirty full-time faculty members with strong backgrounds in scholarly and professional approaches to the study and practice of communication. The Department has about 650 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students. Approximately twenty-five graduate assistantships are offered each year to doctoral students.

The Department and faculty offices are in Manoogian Hall, located near the intersection of the John C. Lodge Freeway and Warren Avenue, in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center. There are two media production facilities associated with the Department: the Midtown Studio (developed in partnership with Detroit Public Television, Channel 56) on the main floor of 5057 Woodward and the Media Arts production labs in the Old Main building, at the intersection of Warren and Cass Avenues. Most graduate courses are offered in the evening in Manoogian Hall.

Departmental Philosophy

Communication is a human activity in which ideas, information, and perceptions are shared. The study of human communication involves the theory, research, and practice of human interaction among individuals, groups, institutions, and cultures, using quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, and critical approaches.

The graduate program in communication is designed to establish and maintain high standards of scholarly research and creative/professional activity, while providing excellence in academic instruction at both the theoretical and applied levels. The graduate program encompasses the full range of empirical, rhetorical, and creative approaches, in which each student is focused through a personal Plan of Work.

Alumni of the program are skilled researchers, practitioners, critical consumers, and thoughtful observers of communication processes. While many serve as recognized scholars and educators throughout the country and world, others occupy responsible positions as communication professionals in business, government, and industry.

The research interests and methodological approaches of the faculty are diverse. Faculty members and graduate students have written extensively on computer-mediated communication, critical and cultural studies, dispute resolution, health and risk communication, interpersonal communication, journalism studies, media effects, media studies, organizational communication, public relations, and rhetorical theory and criticism. Faculty members also have diverse professional backgrounds and experiences and have won numerous state, regional, national, and international creative/professional awards. The graduate program is deeply committed to research and scholarship on the interrelations of theory, practice, research, experience, strategy, and ethics.