Mission Statement

The School of Communication Studies (COMS) is one of five schools in the Scripps College of Communication. As a school grounded in the Liberal Arts, we seek to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to think critically, to make decisions independently, and to adapt to an increasingly diverse world. Our mission is to observe, interpret, and evaluate communication behaviors and processes, with particular interests in the construction of messages and meanings. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and across various contexts—interpersonal, organizational, and public—we strive to understand how communication affects identities, communities, and cultures, and to develop communicators who are effective and ethical.

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