The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 74 bachelor’s, 104 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools including the College of Arts & Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 330,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and 164 countries. More than 178,000 live in North Carolina.
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), also known as the iSchool at Carolina, offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. SILS is consistently ranked as one of the top schools of library and information studies by U.S. News & World Report. SILS is a bustling hub of research, innovation, and learning, not to mention a supportive and collegial community that many people think of as “home” long after they leave campus. Information is our focus and our passion, and we approach its study from a variety of perspectives with a goal of developing theories, practices, and systems that can lead the world to higher levels of prosperity, equity, and understanding.
The mission of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media is to prepare students to ignite the public conversation in our state, the nation and the world, and to understand the role of communication in fostering democracy. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, and administers a variety of professional development and distance-learning programs. Through a revamped curriculum, students learn the skills they need to succeed in the new media environment, whether they pursue careers in journalism, advertising, public relations or other communications fields. Our faculty members are international thought leaders whose scholarly and creative activities are visible and respected in the public realm.
Through teaching, research and service, the Department of Communication addresses how communication functions to create, sustain, and transform personal life, social relations, political institutions, economic organizations, and cultural and aesthetic conventions in society. The Department of Communication develops competencies required for mediated and non-mediated communication. Overall, it develops skills for analyzing, interpreting and critiquing communication problems and questions.
The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy is an interdisciplinary research center run jointly out of the UNC School of Law and UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The center’s work ranges from the legal and policy issues affecting traditional media organizations to the challenges posed by new communication technologies, including social media, the Internet, and mobile technology, and the impact they are having on governments, on the economy, and on cultural and social values throughout the world. The mission of the center is twofold: (1) to provide a forum for study and debate about the critical media law and policy issues facing North Carolina and the nation and (2) to have an impact on these issues by supporting the development of legal and policy initiatives that help the traditional and new media meet the information needs of all Americans.