UMass Boston

About the Department

As an academic field, communication is exceptionally diverse. Scholarly influence from the fields of psychology, sociology, cultural studies, economics, library science, rhetoric and language studies, and cultural anthropology can be felt throughout the discipline. The field uses a variety of research methods, including quantitative and qualitative social scientific methods, rhetorical and discourse analysis, content analysis, semantic analysis, and critical methods. Despite this wide range of influence, the common thread that defines communication as an academic discipline is the focus on the conveyance of meaning.