From the Dean

Diedrich College of Communication website


Students in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication study and practice in this exciting and creative discipline during an amazing time of innovation and revolutionary change in the communication field. Our academic programs offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with emerging new communication practice and to develop critical thinking skills along the way. With our award-winning faculty, our state-of-the art technology in emerging and multiplatform media, our location in the media and creative center of Milwaukee, we are an exceptional place to study this exciting discipline.

We offer many ways for students to gain knowledge and skills across a broad spectrum of communication interests – everything from creating a documentary film to developing the strategic vision for a corporate marketing department, from investigating social issues as a reporter for an online news site to designing the sets for a main stage theatrical production. With degree programs in eight areas – Advertising, Communication Studies, Corporate Communication, Digital Media, Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations or Theatre Arts – you’ll find challenging courses taught by exceptional faculty, tremendous opportunities for hands-on skills building in student media, professional internships, study abroad, clubs and other student activities.

What sets us apart from other communication programs? We’ve been providing journalism education at Marquette for over 100 years. Our programs in theatre and performing arts are now accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. And the $28 million endowment from the Diederich family in 2005 has brought national distinction to our college, making it possible for us to provide the most current instruction and technology in our classrooms, to bring world-renowned speakers and professionals to meet one-on-one with students, to invite guest directors for theatre productions, to welcome communication scholars to discuss their research, and to support our students in truly transformational experiences.

Our college stresses the integration of theory and practice, and our academic programs provide students with knowledge about human behavior, faith and culture. A degree from the College of Communication prepares students who envision themselves in careers where they can use their communication skills to make a difference and change the world.

Lori Bergen, Ph.D.
Dean, Diederich College of Communication

College Mission Statement

The Diederich College of Communication advances knowledge and prepares students for intellectual, artistic, professional and ethical leadership in a complex technological and multi-cultural world. The College uses a core of common knowledge, values and communication skills to improve understanding of communication as a cultural and social process and to develop the skills necessary for success in constantly changing information environments. Specifically, we are committed to learning centered on critical thinking, theoretical development, aesthetic judgment and evaluation, professional skills and standards, socio-cultural impact and relationships and the ethical and moral questions facing the field.