Civic Communication and Media

We study the role of communication and media in civic life, and we develop leaders who are prepared to address contemporary issues in our communities

Students and faculty in the Civic Communication and Media department recognize the significant role of communication, media, and technology in our communities. Through research and experiential learning, Civic Communication and Media students become thinkers who recognize the available means of persuasion, practitioners who work in multiple media, and leaders well prepared to address contemporary issues.

Learning extends beyond the classroom for Civic Communication and Media students, who have opportunities to intern at communication and technology firms, to design persuasive campaigns for local organizations, to delve into history through archival research, to lead community events, and to actively participate in state government.

The Civic Communication and Media department, formerly known as Rhetoric and Media Studies, contributes award winning teaching, research, and service to the College of Liberal Arts. On the vibrant Willamette campus, the Civic Communication and Media department maximizes its location in Ford Hall, a LEED Gold building across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and the Oregon State Supreme Court.

We invite you to learn more about the Civic Communication and Media department by exploring our web site, and we hope you will connect with us on campus or via social media.


Prof. Maegan Parker Brooks partners with Kellogg Foundation and Tougaloo College for civil rights project

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Catalina de Onís receives 2017 NCA Environmental Comm dissertation award

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Vincent Pham named a 2017 recipient of the Outstanding New Investigator Award

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Maegan Brooks’ Documentary Team Receives MHC Grant for Fannie Lou Hamer Film

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Green Fund Annual Grant Award

Professor de Onís was awarded the Green Fund Annual Grant Award for her project, The Salem Spark: Communicating a Culture of Sustainability at Willamette University.

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