The Department of Communication offers a framework for exploring human communication and prepares students to synthesize large amounts of complex information --- then create, design, and deliver advocacy and information to multiple public audiences in a multitude of message formats.

Communication Arts

The Department of Communication

Mixing academic theory with project-oriented/skill building classroom assignments and hands-on experience, our graduates enter the professional world prepared to affect change and build successful careers in communication. We focus on fostering students' intellect and creativity in a relaxed, personal atmosphere that emphasizes quality work and high standards in the development of your professional communication skills. We supplement the academic work with real-world lessons to help you become productive and involved citizens in our society. The Department of Communication’s new curriculum, effective for the 2016-2017 academic year, reflects the integrated nature of the modern communication workplace. 

The Department of Communication develops professionals who will engage public and personal communication challenges with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. The department conducts scholarship and co-curricular experiences that advance communicaiton theory and scholarly insight, and it shares the results with students, the academic community and related professions. 

Our Bachelor of Arts degree features five areas of specialization including advertising, communication, journalism, public relations and telecommunications.

Our Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership provides in-depth study on how to make decisions, build strategies, design innovative messages, and change beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. We also offer a graduate certificate in Health Communication Leadership.

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Alyssa Lee, 2018 Graduate and current UWF graduate student.

Alumni Spotlight

Alyssa Lee, 2018 Graduate 

Alyssa Lee, spring 2018 University of West Florida graduate and current UWF graduate student, is pursuing a career that is out of this world. This fall, Lee will begin the NASA Pathways Program with the Armstrong Flight Research Center. The program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates to be considered for federal employment upon completion. 

Read More About Alyssa's journey into the NASA Pathways Program.

Dr. Bruce Swain, Professor Emeritus

Students and Professor Emeritus Honored at SJEC, 2017

Dr. Bruce Swain, professor emeritus from the University of West Florida Department of Communication, was honored as educator of the year at the 2017 Southeastern Journalism Conference, where four UWF students also placed top three in multiple onsite competitions.

Swain was named 2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year, which was the highest honor awarded at the annual conference. He has served the SEJC organization since 2002, when UWF was the first higher education institution in Florida to be invited to join. ... Read more at

Spring 2017 journalism graduate Kaitlin Englund, who served as the editor of the student newspaper, The Voyager, earned first place in the onsite news writing competition. Jodi Sanders, Spring 2017 public relations graduate, along with senior public relations majors Rennie Lindo and Hannah McKerley, placed third in the onsite public relations competition.