The School of Communication and Information (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. 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.
SC&I prepares individuals for careers in journalism, media, public relations, information science, librarianship, government, organizational communication, and health communication.
SC&I is among the nation’s original iSchools.
Rutgers belongs to the prestigious Association of American Universities.
SC&I proudly participates in these national organizations:
- Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
- Association for Library and Information Science Education
- Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
- American Association of School Libraries
- American Library Association
- American Association of Law Libraries
- American Society for Information Science and Technology
- International Communication Association
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
- National Communication Association
- Special Libraries Association
And these regional organizations:
- New Jersey Association of School Libraries
- New Jersey Communication Association
- New Jersey Library Association
- New Jersey Press Association
- New Jersey Technology Council
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 offers four undergraduate programs:
- Communication major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree,
- Information Technology and Informatics major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree,
- Journalism and Media Studies, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree,
- Digital Communication, Information, and Media minor
two master's programs:
- Communication and Information Studies
- Library and Information Science (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.
SC&I has about:
- 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 has offices, classrooms, and laboratories in New Brunswick at 4 Huntington Street, in the adjacent DeWitt House at 185 College Avenue, at the SC&I Annex at 192 College Avenue, at Huntington House at 184 College Avenue, and Richardson House at 1 Richardson Street. Microcomputer, multimedia, broadcast, information organization, and communication interaction laboratories and facilities are available for the use of SC&I students.
Among the distinguished faculty of the school are Fulbright Fellows and Annenberg Scholars; recipients of awards from the Academy of Management, American Society for Information Science, Association of Computing Machinery, American Library Association, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science, and the National Communication Association; Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Center for Historical Analysis, Institute for Research on Women; and recipients of Rutgers University awards for teaching, research, and service, among other honors.
Our outstanding students include recipients of dissertation awards from the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), and the National Communication Association (NCA), as well as Beta Phi Mu Dissertation Fellowships; winners of the student chapter of the year awards from ASIS&T and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA); recipients of the Ralph Bunche Fellowship Award, National Research Council Associateships, and Johnson & Johnson MCIS Fellowships; and hundreds of inductees into disciplinary honor societies.
- Click here for the School of Communication and Information Bylaws, as amended May 2009 [PDF].