Message From the Chair
As we begin our fifth decade, we affirm our commitment to excellence, and we are excited to continue growing by:
- Maintaining and enhancing undergraduate involvement in research: Each year, many graduates complete an honors thesis project with faculty supervision. Countless more undergraduates assist with our faculty members’ laboratory and field studies. These experiences equip our students to communicate empirically in both academic and industry venues. We aim to grow this participation in the coming years.
- Providing opportunities for our students’ intellectual growth outside of the classroom: In addition to our rigorous coursework, many of our students participate in industry internships through our departmental program and Partnership UCLA. A smaller but growing percent participate in industry-based behavioral science research. We aim to increase our students’ access to these translational research opportunities.
- Pursuing a doctoral degree program in Communication: As our faculty’s research has grown increasingly impactful, so has the demand for a Ph.D. program. We have initiated the process to offer a graduate degree, and we look forward to admitting our first students. Stay tuned for updates about our progress!
As you can see, this is an exciting time in our department. We hope you will visit us here often to stay informed and to get involved.
– Kerri L. Johnson
Professor and Chair