All the counts, percentages, and averages included in the narrative below are estimates generated from data collected for the third round of the Humanities Department Survey (HDS 3). The survey response rate for communication departments was 59%. (For more on how to interpret the results, see the Introduction in the complete profile for this discipline.)

Like some of the other disciplines included in the survey, a portion of the work done in communication departments falls into the humanities, while other work can be viewed as falling into the social sciences or vocational preparation. The HDS did not ask respondents to make such distinctions. Data was requested for the whole of each department.

Communication departments were first included in the 2012 survey.1  Of the departments that granted degrees in fall 2012, 765 still did so in fall 2017.

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  • 1All estimates in this profile are for the population of departments granting degrees in 2012 that were still doing so in 2017. The survey was able to detect departments that ceased to grant degrees between 2012 and 2017, but not any departments that may have begun granting degrees during that period.
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