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School of Communication

USC Annenberg School for Communication 305
(213) 740-0900 (academic inquiries)
(213) 740-3951 (administrative)
FAX: (213) 740-8036

Director: Larry Gross, Ph.D.

Associate Director: Abigail Kaun, Ph.D.


Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society: Manuel Castells, Ph.D.

Professors: Jonathan D. Aronson, Ph.D.; Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Ph.D.; Manuel Castells, Ph.D.; Peter Clarke, Ph.D.; Michael J. Cody, Ph.D.; Walter R. Fisher, Ph.D.; Janet Fulk, Ph.D.; G. Thomas Goodnight, Ph.D.; Larry Gross, Ph.D.; Thomas A. Hollihan, Ph.D.; Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D.; Lynn C. Miller, Ph.D.; Peter R. Monge, Ph.D.*; A. Michael Noll, Ph.D.; Peter Vorderer, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Sarah Banet-Weiser, Ph.D.*; Francois Bar, Ph.D.; James R. Beniger, Ph.D.; Randall Lake, Ph.D.; Sheila T. Murphy, Ph.D.; Stephen O'Leary, Ph.D.; Patricia Riley, Ph.D.; Kenneth K. Sereno, Ph.D.*; Stacy Smith, Ph.D.; Marita Sturken, Ph.D.; Douglas Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Hernan Galperin, Ph.D.; Kwan Min Lee, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor: Robert Scheer

Clinical Associate Professors: Colleen Keough, Ph.D., Rebecca Weintraub, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor: Ute Ritterfeld, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturers: Daniel Durbin, Ph.D.; Christopher Smith, Ph.D.; Alison Trope, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty: John Cooke, Ph.D.; David Damus, J.D.; James Loper, Ph.D.; Donna Mitroff, Ph.D.; Michael Overing, J.D.; Kelton Rhoads, Ph.D.; Nancy Snow, Ph.D.; Jonathan Taplin; Tracy Westen, J.D.

Emeritus Professor: William H. Perkins, Ph.D.

Director, Norman Lear Center: Martin H. Kaplan, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degree Programs

The School of Communication offers programs of study leading to a B.A. in Communication; minors in Communication and the Entertainment Industry, Interactive Media and the Culture of New Technologies, Global Communication, Health Communication, Professional and Managerial Communication, Communication Law and Media Policy, Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinary Law and Society; an accelerated B.A. in Communication/M.A. in Communication Management; an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication; an M.A. in Global Communication; and an M.A. in Communication Management. The Communication Management Program has established dual degree programs with the USC Gould School of Law and Hebrew Union College.

Communication has become a highly prized commodity in modern society, for it is through communication that our social, economic and cultural lives are shaped -- globally, daily, comprehensively. The communication discipline focuses on how and with what success individuals strategically employ symbols (language, art and other modes of expression) to influence the circumstances of their personal and public lives, their communities and the world itself. Those who undertake the study of communication examine the content, technologies and consequences of communication.