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Effective communication is vital to success in all careers.

About the Department

At Monmouth University, Communication students at the undergraduate and graduate levels gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive fields. Undergraduate majors may choose from one of three clusters: Communication Studies, Journalism/Public Relations, and Media Studies & Production. In the contemporary professional world, communication specialists are expected to demonstrate competence that draws from all three clusters. Thus, students are encouraged to broaden their academic experience with carefully selected courses across all three areas. Our program prepares students to become competent writers, speakers, producers, critical thinkers and problem-solvers.

Communication programs provide a blend of academic and career-oriented studies in-class and at internships. Experienced faculty provide students with the skills and confidence they need for today’s competitive job market. Many of our communication courses are taught by working professionals, who bring their rich experiences and expertise into classrooms, labs, studios and student-run organizations. Our student-run organizations also provide an ideal environment for taking media production, performance, journalism, public relations campaigns and related pursuits to the next level. Communication also offers coursework and minor degrees in Communication, Interactive Media, Journalism, Leadership Communication, Media Production, Public Relations, Screen Studies, and Sports Communication.

Department of Communication
Statement on Diversity

The Department of Communication at Monmouth University strives to foster an inclusive learning environment where all are welcome, heard, and respected in the pursuit of educational inquiry, civil discourse, mutual understanding, and lifelong learning. We seek to learn from and celebrate the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives in and beyond our community. Ethical communication is the cornerstone of our commitment to our students, colleagues, and greater community, and we are dedicated to cultivating a meaningful and equitable educational experience rooted in collaboration, creativity, and belonging.

Interest Meetings

Are you interested in Communication at Monmouth and your campus visit left you with questions? Maybe you have not been to a campus event yet? Good news! You can contact the Department Chair, Dr. Deanna Shoemaker to schedule an interest meeting.

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Deanna Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Communication;
Associate Professor, Communication & Performance Studies;
Advisor, CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance


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