University of Southern California

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism was recently recognized by the online Education Portal as having one of the three most promising public relations programs in the nation. Specifically praised was the research-focused Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center, which has earned recognition for its work in identifying best practices, new ideas and standards in public relations.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. The school offers a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and drawing upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. USC Annenberg’s commitment to the converged practice of communication and journalism, interdisciplinary studies, and collaboration makes it unique among peer institutions. Students learn from theory and practice, and the school’s programs put it at the crossroads of media, entertainment technology, and globalization.

The school’s nationally accredited journalism program provides experience for students in all media platforms, with a digital newsroom, state-of-the-art editing equipment for radio and television news production and the opportunity to work at on-campus media outlets. The school’s public relations program prepares students to thrive in advocacy communication, learning to write and communicate targeted messages across media platforms. The School of Communication’s multidisciplinary curriculum explores how human interaction and technology affect communities, businesses, nations and the world, preparing students for careers in communication, persuasion and leadership. USC Annenberg’s active internship program and study abroad opportunities give students the broad, global perspective required to be successful professionals.

USC Annenberg alumni fill top posts in the communication and media industries, and remain an invaluable resource to students and faculty. USC Annenberg’s more than 100 faculty members have been recognized in diverse fields, and their expertise challenges students to become communication leaders.


Ernest James Wilson III, Ph.D., Dean, Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication

Abigail Kaun, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Student Affairs

Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Research, Professor of Communication

Bruce Missaggia, MBA, CFM, CMA, CRA, Associate Dean, Finance and Programs

Diana O’Leary, M.S., Associate Dean, External Relations

Larry Gross, Ph.D., Vice Dean, Director, School of Communication

Geneva Overholser, M.A., Director, School of Journalism

Allyson Hill, M.A., Assistant Dean, Admissions

James Vasquez, B.A., Assistant Dean, Operations