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Message from the Director

Welcome to the School of Communication Studies (SCOM) at James Madison University (JMU). 

When prospective students ask me what they can do with a degree in communication studies, I tell them what employers tell me.  In today’s job market employers are looking for college graduates who are excellent public speakers; who can write well; who are knowledgeable about a broad spectrum of topics; who can think critically, and who are engaged in and with the world round them.

Programs in the School focus on the study of human communication in a variety of forms— advocacy, conflict, cultural, health, interpersonal, organizational, and public relations.  Our innovative curriculum lays the groundwork for students to achieve all of the above, regardless of their designated concentration. SCOM does not “train” students for specific jobs in specific industries; rather, we offer students a true liberal arts education with the tools to succeed in a range of careers or advanced educational endeavors. 

Our faculty members are dedicated and experienced teachers—committed to academic rigor and intellectually challenging undergraduate students.  Many are active scholars, practitioners, and consultants who draw on their academic expertise or professional experience to inform their teaching.

The School is also home to the nationally-ranked Individual Events and Debate teams—both of which provide opportunities for students inside and outside of the School to become more effective communicators.  These are but two of the co-curricular opportunities offered to our students.

Take a look around the site and learn about the exciting opportunities offered in SCOM at JMU!

Sharon R. Mazzarella, Ph.D.