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Communicating for a Better World

COVID-19 response: 

C&J is proud to have provided a quick and safe response to the current pandemic while maintaining our academic excellence and our support for our students. Back in spring 2020, we moved all in-person classes to remote synchronous teaching using the professional Zoom platform provided by UNM. By the time we returned from spring break, we were completely online, having successfully transitioned over 100 course sections to the new modality. And since that time, all of our meetings and departmental functions—including social hours—have taken place on Zoom. Our effective transition received and continues to receive compliments and appreciation from campus leadership and students alike.   

We are continuing to monitor the situation and to follow UNM and CDC guidelines. At this point, all of our spring 2021 courses are scheduled to take place remotely. Undergraduate courses are available as “remote scheduled” (courses formerly taught in person and now via Zoom) or “remote arranged” (courses taught online asynchronously). Graduate courses are taught “remote scheduled.”  

For more information about UNM’s response to the pandemic, go to https://bringbackthepack.unm.edu/.  

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico creates excellence in learning through academic scholarship, teaching, and service to the community and the field.

Our faculty are nationally and internationally renowned for their research and are known on campus as excellent teachers, regularly winning university-wide awards.

Our students are diverse, on a domestic and global scale, and bring a passion for understanding, and engaging in, the role communication plays in the creation of our world.

We offer majors and minors in communication, multimedia journalism, and strategic communication. Our undergraduate communication program has emphases in interpersonal, intercultural, environmental, organizational, public, and media studies. Our graduate program for M.A. and Ph.D degrees has a distinctive focus on the role of culture and change in communication.

Department Hours & Holidays:

Monday - Thursday          8:00 – 5:00
Friday                               8:00 – 4:00

Please contact us at our main number: (505) 277-5305 or email the C&J employee you wish to contact (see the "People" pull-down menu at the top of the page for email information of faculty and staff).


Mission Statement

The Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico creates excellence in learning through academic scholarship, teaching, and service to the community and the field.  We offer undergraduate majors and minors in communication and in journalism and mass communication for liberal arts and career preparation.  We also offer electives and courses that serve the general education programs of the entire university.

Communication is the focus of our scholarship and curricula with emphasis on the understanding and appreciation of diverse messages and meanings.  Our scholarship and teaching explore the social skills, societal dynamics, and professional environments of communication from a variety of standpoints: intercultural, interpersonal, rhetorical, health, organizational, environmental, strategic, broadcasting, print journalism, and mass communication.

At the graduate level, the department offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in communication.  The complex relationship between communication and culture as interaction, artifact, and text is the distinctive focus of these programs. We offer an emphasis on three core areas of communication: intercultural communication, health communication, and mass communication.


  • To promote and support the mission of the University of  New Mexico.
  • To offer academic programs leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees
  • To demonstrate excellence in all endeavors
  • To provide students with the tools needed to succeed in a challenging global work environment
  • To value, embrace, and support diversity as an integral component of communication
  • To understand, evaluate, and produce scholarship concerning the structure, function, dynamics and impact of human communication in a variety of contexts
  • To use the Southwest and international borderland environment to focus the study of intercultural communication.