The Department of Communicology (formerly Speech) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa houses a nationally-ranked program focused on research and education in human communication processes and functions. The mission of the Department is to advance research, theory, and education in the communication field. Our curriculum is organized around four foci: message processing, relational communication, social influence, and intercultural communication. We promote a comprehensive understanding of human communication by including socio-cultural, evolutionary, and biological approaches in our curriculum. We acknowledge our responsibility to the larger local and global communities by focusing our collective skills on their needs.
Communicology students obtain a liberal education of considerable breadth and depth in human communication research and theory. Students are provided with many opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in communication by applying theory in various settings. To achieve this end, we cultivate our students’ ability to evaluate and explain communication processes. We prepare students to apply principles of human communication to their personal and professional lives.