The Department of Communication at the University of Missouri has a long history of leadership in the field of communication. Our faculty and students are engaged in important research, excellent teaching, and community outreach.

We offer B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. communication degrees.

Our department teaching and research focus areas are:

  • Interpersonal and Family Communication
  • Mediated Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Diversity, Identity, and Communication
  • Health and Crisis Communication

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In the News

Dr. Colleen Colaner

Associate Professor of Interpersonal and Family Communication, Dr. Colleen Colaner, has been selected as the Department of Communications’ new Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Colaner is excited about her new role.

Dr. Lissa Behm-Morawitz

Dr. Lissa Behm-Morawitz, Associate Professor of Mediated Communication has been appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs in the University of Missouri’s Office of Graduate Studies.


The Media & Diversity Center, co-directed by Dr. Elizabeth (Lissa) Behm-Morawitz and Dr. Julius Riles, is successfully launched to enhance the diversity of portrayals in the media.

Steven A. and Sue Beebe

As a 22-year-old doctoral student, I remember being quite intimidated by my older, wiser, and more-experienced fellow students during my first semester of doctoral work at Mizzou in fall 1973. I was scared.

Julius Riles

New Communication faculty member studies how the media we use influences our attitudes toward others.

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