Welcome to the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. Here is where students interested in careers in journalism, media, public relations, information science, libraries, government, and business communication come to study with one of the nation's leading interdisciplinary research faculties.
We are committed to meeting the challenges of the future -- challenges to which communication and information are central.
Our name speaks to our school’s mission at the very broadest level of scholarship and inquiry. Communication and information are part of every academic discipline in the school, and these fields are central to societal changes occurring at this very moment.
These twin phenomena are, for example, at the heart of three exciting new areas of research and teaching taking shape at our school:
- Health and Wellness
- Community, Global Media, and Democracy
- Social Media Interaction and Collaborative Design
We have recently hired several new faculty members whose research interests dovetail with these areas – areas that also represent urgent challenges for our nation and our communities. They amplify the already impressive research, teaching, and service accomplishments of our core faculty.
Our undergraduate programs in communication, journalism and media studies, plus information technology and informatics provide students with the strong knowledge base necessary to prime them for careers in industry, government, and academia.
Our master’s programs in communication and information studies, and library and information science introduce students to theory and practice in fields where the application of communication and information resources lead to success.
The Ph.D. program explores theory and research in communication, information, and media studies. Our Professional Development Studies program leads the field in continuous education and outreach for information professionals.
Now is the time for you to pursue studies in the fields of communication, library and information science, and journalism. The solutions to many of our critical social and economic problems are rooted in information dissemination, facilitation and negotiation, and civic engagement. Moreover, communication and information are vital to a thriving democracy, for they bring people together with the power to bridge gaps created by distance, culture, politics, and experience.
You’ll find that our students, faculty, and staff are part of a true community. Our faculty hold appointments in departments across the university and collaborate with scholars around the globe. We are known for our creativity and commitment to solving society’s problems. Here at the School of Communication and Information, faculty members and students know each other—you’ll find our building populated at all hours of day and night. Indeed, these relationships foster student success, and thrive far beyond the student years. Not surprisingly, our alumni hold prominent and influential positions in media, business, government, and education.
Situated between the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, we are in one of the most diverse regions of the country. We are highly ranked among major universities in the diversity of our student body—where fresh ideas, opinions, and experiences form the backbone of rigorous scholarship and student accomplishment. At Rutgers, you will find yourself at the center of one of the nation’s great intellectual hubs.
Please explore our website and learn more about our programs, research centers, and institutes. We work at the forefront of our fields. If you’re interested in making a difference, consider joining us at the School of Communication and Information.
Jorge Reina Schement
Dean, School of Communication and Information