Aloha, Majors and Minors, Parents, Alumni, and Visitors!
The Department of Communicology (formerly, Department of Speech) is a nationally-ranked program that focuses on research and education in communication processes and functions, strengthened and enriched by the cultural diversity of Hawai‘i.
The mission of the Department of Communicology is to advance a premier research and learning community that contributes to the scientific knowledge of communication. To this end, we facilitate students’ ability to analyze and explain communication processes and functions.
Additionally, we prepare students to apply this knowledge to their personal and professional lives. We take advantage of the unique geographical and cultural assets of Hawai‘i to promote a comprehensive understanding of social, cultural and biological components of communication phenomena.
Finally, we acknowledge our responsibility to the larger local and global communities by contributing our collective skills and capacities to attend to community needs.
Our students obtain a liberal education of considerable breadth and depth in regard to communication theory and research, and are afforded ample opportunity to develop their communicative knowledge and skills by applying theory in diverse settings.
Our curriculum is organized around four fundamental areas of emphasis: human message processing, relational communication, social influence, and intercultural communication.