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Welcome to the Nicholson School of Communication

The Nicholson School of Communication (NSC) is a nationally prominent communication school attracting top scholars and professors, producing award-winning research, and consistently graduating leaders in communication-related and many other job fields. Recognized for its strong academic programs and initiatives, its state-of-the-art facilities and global learning opportunities, NSC is committed to providing innovative learning opportunities and a collaborative environment for scholarship.

NSC offers undergraduate degrees in advertising-public relations, communication and conflict, human communication, journalism and radio-television. Graduate students may pursue a master’s degree in communication that can track either in mass communication or interpersonal communication. Additionally, NSC offers a graduate certificate program in corporate communication. Our faculty includes top scholars and researchers, innovative teachers and successful professionals who have returned to the classroom to share their vast experiences with the new generation preparing to enter the workforce.

NSC scholars are world-renowned for their research. Their subject-matter expertise covers an extraordinary range including: health communication, crisis and risk communication, consumer behavior, persuasion, corporate social responsibility, media history, transnational communication, and digital media among others. Our faculty have created and collaborated on numerous groundbreaking projects, such as the state of health communication and media in Africa, astronaut communication patterns, and physiological and cognitive responses to media. Through NSC’s Collaborative Experiential Research Practicums (CERP), students have the opportunity to collaborate closely with faculty on such projects, learning vital research skills and making firsthand discoveries alongside internationally recognized research faculty members.

At NSC, experiential learning is highly valued and available to all students. Opportunities range from the weekly student-produced “Knightly News” televised broadcast news program, Centric magazine, online multimedia news source, knightlynews.ucf.edu; the student-produced WNSC Internet radio webcasts, the UCF Speech team [forensics/Individual Events] (AFA-NIET/NFA), and the nationally competitive UCF Debate Squad (NDT/CEDA). Additionally, NSC offers elite internship programs based in both domestic and overseas cities. Recent internship opportunities have included working at Oprah Magazine and the David Letterman Show in New York City, and at 310 Entertainment in Hollywood producing “Shark Tank.”

One especially exciting and unique aspect of the Nicholson School of Communication is our Global Communication Studies Program. NSC’s special partnerships with schools around the globe create opportunities for seamless study abroad experiences that fit into individually crafted plans of study. Currently, NSC undergraduate students can complete a full semester of their studies at NSC’s partners including: University of Canberra (Australia), Jonkoping University (Sweden), Salzburg College (Austria), Bournemouth University (UK) and IE University (Spain). Additionally, there are a number of shorter-term options for study abroad.

NSC’s advanced media facilities include a complete high-definition television studio, editing labs for audio and video, a multimedia newsroom, an online radio station and tech-enhanced “smart” classrooms. NSC courses offer real-world, hands-on opportunities to master the most up-to-date media technologies in use today. Web-based course delivery, along with mixed-mode, regional-campus and traditional main-campus instruction are among the customizable choices for student instruction.

Ultimately, NSC is committed to two mission-critical goals: excellence in education and excellence in research. The school continues to evolve and grow, offering students a collaborative richness of experience, along with the contributed intellect, talent, energy and inspiration of its dedicated faculty.

The NSC story is a success story – as are the stories of thousands of our graduates. Ours is an ongoing invitation to you, both now and as your career unfolds, to write your own success story with us here at the Nicholson School of Communication.

Robert Littlefield, Ph.D.
Director and Professor of Communication