The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers is a leader in research and teaching within communication, information and media disciplines and fields. The School was created in 1982 when the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Communication Studies (with its Departments of Communication and Journalism and Mass Communication) merged. That alliance has contributed to the school’s status as a leader in responding to the information revolution and the fast-paced changes occurring in the fields of communication, journalism and media studies, and library and information science.
SC&I is a community of scholars who enjoy and excel at educating individuals who make lasting contributions to the interdisciplinary study of communication, journalism and media studies, and library and information science. Our faculty includes scholars nationally and internationally known for their basic and applied research of contemporary communication, information, and media related problems. Our faculty studies these problems through behavioral and social scientific, historical, and humanistic approaches. Our educational, research, and scholarly activities are informed by the philosophy that the subject matter of communication, information and media processes/practices/ policies/institutions places people rather than technologies first.
As an institution strongly committed to graduate education and research, Rutgers University provides graduate programs of exceptional quality taught by a distinguished faculty. Chartered in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Today, it is one of the nation’s largest state university systems, with an enrollment at the New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campuses approaching 50,000 students—with nearly 14,000 pursuing graduate study.
Rutgers is a member of the American Association of Universities, which includes the top 62 research universities in North America. Students who choose Rutgers join a university with high standards, diverse faculty and students, excellent library facilities and computer resources, and a full complement of academic and cultural activities. In addition to the variety of attractions that New Jersey has to offer, Rutgers’ proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia is a notable asset for those who enjoy the opportunities these major metropolitan centers afford.