The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) was created in 1982 with the merger of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, the School of Communication Studies, and the Department of Urban Journalism.
The school leads the university in the study of communication, information, and media processes, organizations, and technologies as they shape and define individuals, societies, and the relationships among them. Rapidly expanding communication and information technologies are drawing these distinct but allied fields closer together while, at the same time, extending beyond them and exerting a major influence on our society and its economic and cultural endeavors. As a community of scholars and teachers SC&I is committed to educating individuals who will make lasting contributions to the interdisciplinary study and professional practice of communication, journalism and media, library and information science, and to society at large.
The focus of the school's programs is on the nature and functions of communication and information processes; the institutions and technologies central to the creation, transmission, storage, and retrieval of information; and the impact of information and communication on individual, social, organizational, national, and international affairs.
The generation, organization, and retrieval of information and its effective communication to appropriate users have become the driving force in our nation's social, cultural, and economic progress. The role of the information and communication specialist lies at the core of this information revolution. This specialist plays an increasingly central part as both public and private sectors expand their use of new information technologies. The school is committed to meeting the present educational needs of information and communication specialists, as well as preparing for future needs, by providing students with a strong base for fundamental and applied research in the field. The faculty strongly believes that tomorrow's leaders in these growing and rapidly changing professions need to acquire a solid technical knowledge together with an understanding of the impact of the new technology on people and their social, political, and economic institutions.
To provide leadership in theory and research, the school has a Ph.D. program which offers concentrations in communication, library and information science, and media studies. It has rigorous master's programs in communication and information studies and in library and information science, and undergraduate programs in communication, journalism and media studies, information technology and informatics, and digital communication, information, and media.
The most up-to-date information about the School of Communication and Information may be found on the school's website at http://comminfo.rutgers.edu.