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Department of Communication

The Department of Communication is located in the School of Communication + Journalism (SCJ) at FIU. The SCJ is part of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) and includes the former School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of Communication Arts.

The Department of Communication is committed to educating our students to become professionals, scholars and leaders in advertising, public relations and strategic communication in a multicultural and digital world. Our faculty conducts research for and about organizational communication, advertising and public relations. This includes researching audiences, messages, and media as well as the influences and effects of strategic communication. Our degrees will prepare you for the fast-paced and demanding positions in organizational and strategic communication, advertising and public relations fields. Our distinguished alumni work all over the world in all levels of professional practice in the industry. We are also proud of a growing number of alumni who have pursued careers in academia.

In our curriculum, we consider advertising and public relations as complementary and overlapping disciplines that apply to all sectors of society including political, organizational, health, science, technology, in governmental, corporate and non-profit sectors. Ethics and social responsibility are central to the practice of strategic communication. We emphasize these issues in all our graduate and undergraduate tracks. Students enrolled in Communication Arts courses can expect to develop communication skills essential for leadership, corporate communication and crisis management. Students will learn how to advocate and critically debate ideas in social and political settings, to appreciate diverse communication styles, to work productively in task-oriented groups, and to engage in rewarding interpersonal relationships.

In our programs, you will learn to see strategic communication as a vehicle for social change, as well as a tool for influence and reputation management. Combining the expertise of our faculty who are established professionals and scholars, we provide our students with an in-depth understanding of the most current issues in the fields of advertising, public relations, and strategic communication, and conduct research to advance knowledge in these fields.

Every year our graduating students work on a capstone campaign, pitching their campaign proposals to a real client with real-world feedback. We have worked with hundreds of community business and partners throughout the years from largo corporations, to small businesses, start-ups and non-profit organizations.

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Study Abroad

One way we support you on your journey to global citizenship is by providing you with opportunities for a study abroad experience. Click the link below to begin exploring our course offerings abroad.
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Scholarships

While the University Financial Aid Office is the first place to check to see what kinds of options are available, our department also offers scholarships to which you can apply.
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Internships + Jobs

Whether you’re a student looking for an internship or an alum looking for a post-degree position, we’re here to help!
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CARTA in DC

The CARTA in D.C. program recruits and places students in internships with prestigious organizations in our nation’s capital, while creating opportunities for connecting with communication experts, traversing the city, and attending educational and professional workshops.
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Degree Programs in the Department of Communication

Communication Arts

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Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications

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Master of Science in Mass Communication: Global Strategic Communications – Managerial Track

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Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building

Master of Science in Mass Communication: Global Strategic Communications - Creative Track

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Communication News

1605, 2019

MY INTERNSHIP WITH FIU FEDERAL RELATIONS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

May 16th, 2019|

Name: Juan Salgado Major: Senior majoring in Advertising and minoring in Marketing Where did you intern? Washington, D.C. with FIU Federal Relations. This internship is offered on a limited-basis and highly coveted by students. What did you do there? As a Communications Intern in D.C., I am responsible for social [...]

3004, 2019

BOLD SPRINGS INTO ACTION WITH THIRD-ANNUAL COM CON!

April 30th, 2019|

For the third year in a row, BOLD hosted its signature spring event, COM CON – a communication conference where BOLD members and FIU students hear from professionals in the communication industry speak about their careers. BOLD members are given the opportunity to listen to these professionals and engage in [...]

1504, 2019

EXCEPTIONAL ALUMNI: STEVEN CRUZ’S GIFT LAYS FOUNDATION FOR FIU INSTITUTE THAT WILL BRING TOGETHER MEDIA AND SCIENCE

April 15th, 2019|

The average age of philanthropists is 65, but Steven Cruz, 28, is bucking the trend. In support of the FIU Next Horizon campaign, Cruz has announced a planned gift of $1.2 million to establish the Steven Cruz Institute for Media, Science + Technology within the College of Communication, Architecture + [...]

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