Welcome from the Dean

Dean Jonathan Potter, a noted researcher in the field of discourse psychology, began his tenure in August 2015. Potter’s expertise is in the field of discourse studies, with a particular focus on the way careful analyses of interaction can be a route to understanding and reworking basic psychological questions. Read more >>

About The School of Communication and Information (SC&I)

SC&I was created in 1982 with the merger of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, the School of Communication Studies, and the Department of Urban Journalism. The journalism and library science programs each had roots in programs established in the 1920s at Rutgers, and the communication program was established during the 1970s.

SC&I seeks to understand communication, information, and media processes, organizations, and technologies as they affect individuals, societies, and the relationships among them.

The solutions to many of society’s critical problems are rooted in interaction, participation in information networks, and processes of civic engagement. Societal challenges include the achievement of healthy people and communities; maintaining a thriving democracy and useful public policy; preparation of new generations of leaders; creation of humane, productive, and empowering organizations; and development of individual skills, self-understanding, and personal fulfillment.

The School plays a central role in the understanding and advancement of solutions for these challenges. SC&I offers three undergraduate majors, two minors, two masters programs, an interdisciplinary doctoral program, and non-degree graduate study programs. SC&I prepares individuals for careers in journalism, media, public relations, information science, librarianship, government, organizational communication, and health communication.

The School has several centers and institutes focusing on areas such as school libraries, organizational development and leadership, and communication related to health issues, among others.

Faculty members consist of scholars recognized nationally and internationally for excellence and innovation in contemporary communication, information, and media related research.

Please view our strategic plan for 2014-17.

Please view our Bylaws, amended May 2009.

SC&I offers three undergraduate programs and minors:

  • Communication major
  • Information Technology and Informatics major
  • Journalism and Media Studies major
  • Digital Communication, Information, and Media minor
  • Gender and Media minor

two master's programs:

  • Communication and Information Studies
  • Information (both on campus and online)

an interdisciplinary doctoral program:

  • Ph.D. in Communication, Information and Library Studies

and non-degree graduate study in school librarianship, preservation management, youth literature, and other areas.

Professional Development Studies:

  • Online, Non-Credit Professional Certificate Programs in PR, Business and Organizational Communication and Leadership and Managerial Communication


  • 1,840 undergraduate majors in three degree programs, and over 370 declared minors in our DCIM program

  • 320 masters students in two degree programs

  • 92 active doctoral students

  • dozens of continuing education students pursuing non-credit certificates

  • 62 full-time faculty

  • 140 part-time faculty

  • 33 full-time staff and about a dozen FTE part-time staff

  • SC&I is among the nation’s original iSchools.


  • Academy of Management Award
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows
  • American Library Association Award
  • American Society for Information Science Award
  • Annenberg Scholars
  • Association of Computing Machinery Award
  • Center for Historical Analysis Fellows
  • Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture Fellows
  • Fulbright Fellows
  • Institute for Research on Women Fellows
  • International Communication Association Fellow
  • Rutgers University Research Award
  • Rutgers University Service Award
  • Rutgers University Teaching Award


  • American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Dissertation Award
  • ASIS&T Student Chapter of Year Award
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education Dissertation Award
  • Beta Phi Mu Dissertation Fellowships
  • Johnson & Johnson MCIS Fellowships
  • National Communication Association Dissertation Award
  • National Research Council Associateship
  • Public Relations Society of America Student Chapter of the Year Award
  • Ralph Bunche Fellowship Award


  • American Association of Law Libraries
  • American Association of School Libraries
  • American Library Association
  • American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education
  • Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • International Communication Association
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • National Communication Association
  • Special Libraries Association


  • New Jersey Association of School Libraries
  • New Jersey Communication Association
  • New Jersey Library Association
  • New Jersey Press Association
  • New Jersey Technology Council