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The School of Communication enthusiastically embraces the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s metropolitan mission and strategic goals of student focus, academic excellence and community engagement. Educators have increasingly used the phrase “academic excellence” in recent years as shorthand for notions of rigor, scholarship and high quality education. Through School of Communication teaching and learning, research and creative activities, and service, the School reaches its academic excellence goals by engaging the campus, community, professions and industries in a wide range of activities.

The School of Communication, the College of Fine Arts, KYNE-TV and KVNO-FM recently created a new College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. This exciting operating structure has placed the School in an ideal position to further advance strategic positioning in the academic excellence area. More than 650 students in broadcasting, journalism, speech and graduate studies in communication enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning instruction from top professors, and learning from internationally recognized scholars.

In the 21st Century, the field of communication has taken a central role in social and cultural development. For those students seeking careers in journalism, public relations, advertising, broadcasting, new media, corporate communication and media studies, the School of Communication has been able to leverage its strategic metropolitan mission and goals.

From the earliest days nearly one-hundred years ago, the Omaha campus has been an innovator in the field of communication education. The 1922 course catalog, for example, listed a Department of Journalism and a Department of Expression. Faculty members were some of the first in the nation to teach news writing and reporting, public relations and public speaking skills.