About the Department

Greetings from Department Head Steve Depoe, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Communication Website. We are committed to excellence - in the classroom, through research and publication, and through service to the community. Our faculty members are among the finest teachers
and scholars in the field of communication. We believe that we have the best students on campus, and we will work to provide those students with a quality educational experience.

The Department offers programs of study leading to the B.A. and M.A. degrees. In addition, B.A. students can earn a Public Relations Certificate, Digital Engagement Certificate, or a Sport Media and Promotion Certificate.  

We also have a number of student organizations that you can participate in, including Lambda Pi Eta (an honorary student society), a Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter and UC Communicats. Several scholarship opportunities are available for students, including the Jones Scholarship, the Lucille Pederson Scholarship, and the Verderber Scholarship.

We have also built Communication Alumni Network (Friends of Communication) to help students maintain a connection with us after graduation.

Our M.A. program provides excellent classroom and research experience for those wishing to continue on to doctoral level study, as well as those who wish to advance their professional careers.

If you have any further questions about any of our programs, or would like to contact me directly, I can be reached at depoesp@ucmail.uc.edu.

Welcome to the Department!!




Steve Depoe

Stephen P. Depoe, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Communication
University of Cincinnati

Founding Member, 
International Environmental Communication Association 

Editorial Board Member,

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Communication is to advance understanding and improve the practice of human communication through research, teaching, and service. Communication is foundational to social life, as the co-construction and negotiation of meaning influences personal, interpersonal, organizational, community and national/international experience. Our research seeks to understand and address connections between communication and contemporary social problems. Faculty promote the open and equitable formation of ideas, as well as their effective expression through research and service. Our teaching prepares students for engaged citizenship and professional roles by cultivating the ability to think analytically, reason critically, communicate effectively, and lead responsibly. We seek to equip students to make a positive contribution to their local community, nation, and world by making connections between theory and practice.


In so doing, we apply our core value of mutual respect for others, which is critical to sustaining a welcoming environment conducive for diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, we strive to affirm the dignity of all individuals, to uphold a just community, to embrace open and equitible access, and to attract and retain students, faculty, and administration who represent a wide range of cultures, worldviews, and orientations. We recognize that the responsibility for inclusive excellence lies with all of us.

Identity: Who Are We?

The Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati promotes knowledge of human communication through research, teaching, and service. We are located in an urban center within a large research university, which provides a dynamic context for connecting theory and practice.

Our award-winning faculty members share a distinctive focus on contemporary social problems. Research centers on understanding issues of voice, identity, public participation, and advocacy/leadership across communication domains including interpersonal, organizational, political, organizational, rhetorical, environmental, health, and mediated communication.

Our department promotes excellence in teaching and emphasizes experiential learning and community engagement for students through team-based projects, internships and residencies, service learning and collaboration with community organizations. We offer a nationally-certified public relations program and represent a model community engagement department. Our Master's Degree in Communication provides small cohorts with the focused attention of excellent faculty in preparing for doctoral studies or professional careers.